GOP plan to overhaul Kansas school aid could move quickly

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature are ready to move quickly to enact a plan for overhauling the distribution of state aid to public schools.

The House Appropriations Committee expected to debate the plan Tuesday. That’s a day after it had a hearing and five days after GOP leaders unveiled the plan publicly.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee was having its own hearing Tuesday and also intends to move quickly.

Republican legislators’ plan incorporates GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to jettison the current formula and give the state’s 286 districts “block grants” based on their current aid until the Legislature drafts a new formula.

Local school officials and lobbyists for education groups testified Monday against the plan. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce supported it.

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