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By Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service

Gov. Laura Kelly’s school funding plan is headed to the full Senate for consideration. Though the proposal is advancing, a coalition of Kansas school districts has pulled its support.

Schools for Fair Funding initially heralded the Democratic governor’s plan, to add $90 million a year to adjust school funding for inflation. The group now says, after further study, that isn’t enough and the annual funding boost should be $360 million after four years.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning says that’s too much.

“I think the majority is lining up with the governor and not Schools for Fair Funding,” he said. “I think we’ll come up with a solution that the Legislature will accept and the courts will accept as well.”

The state school boards’ association is backing the governor. The largest teachers union is in wait-and-see mode.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, a partner in the Kansas News Service. Follow him on Twitter @kprkoranda. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.

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