New Kansas School Finance Plan Would Add Money to Ed Budget

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A new school finance plan came out of the Kansas Senate late this week that would put some money back into the schools.

The plan would also raise the amount schools can raise through local property taxes, but the increase is not as large as first proposed.

The first plan, one proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback, would have reduced funding and given more local authority to raise money through taxes.

Newton Superintendent Gary Jantz said the new plan “is a step in the right direction,” but still does not address the losses in funding schools have had in recent years.

The new plan would raise the per-student funding by $74, or about $340,000 for the district.

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