Kansas senators returned to Topeka on Monday to find a school finance fix waiting on their desks after it was hammered out in the House over the weekend. The bill undoes an $80 million error inserted into this year’s school funding bill passed by the legislature in early April.
The new school funding law was supposed to phase in a $534 million increase in education funding in hopes of meeting a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost spending on public schools.
The law set a minimum for local property tax revenues to be raised by local school boards and counted those dollars toward the state’s total aid. Instead of adding local dollars to state dollars, they inadvertently replaced state dollars with local dollars.
Democrats repeated their attempt from earlier this month to go beyond $530 million, which they say isn’t enough, and the plaintiffs in the case agree.
Just before 4 p.m. yesterday legislators in the senate approved a bill that is designed to fix a flaw in a new education funding law that would have cost public schools $80 million.
The Senate’s 30-8 vote Monday sends the measure to Gov. Jeff Colyer, and he has promised to sign it. The House approved the bill on Saturday.