More School Funding

Last year’s generous increase in school funding could be expanded upon:

SCHOOL FINANCE: Last year, the Legislature approved a plan to phase in a $541 million increase in aid to public schools over three years.

Under a bill approved by the Senate on a 35-5 vote Wednesday, the price tag of the plan would grow by $20 million, to $561 million.

Part of last year’s plan set aside $10 million for programs that help children who are at risk of failing, distributed based on how many of a district’s students aren’t proficient in reading and math.

Other at-risk funding was guaranteed for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years, but not the $10 million in question. The bill would extend that funding indefinitely.
Source: Wichita Eagle, February 21

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