Consultants offer lower school-funding options; Top senators oppose taxes, budget cuts

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Lori Taylor (left) of Texas A&M University confers with fellow consultant Jason Willis before discussing their report with legislators Monday.

Education consultants on Monday gave Kansas lawmakers a lower set of pricing options for improving education with reduced benchmarks for educational achievement.

As they reviewed their findings from a study released Friday, consultants Lori Taylor of Texas A&M University and Jason Willis of  the education research agency, WestEd, laid out lower-cost options for the Legislature stretched out over time.

The Legislature hired Taylor and Willis to help the state develop new cost estimates for funding schools after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state wasn't adequately funding education.

The study initially recommended increasing funding for . . .

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