House panel recommends $500 million for schools

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A House committee early Wednesday evening recommended spending about $522 million more on schools to meet a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that found the state was inadequately funding education.

The panel advanced a bill that would put extra money into schools from the 2018-2019 school year through 2022-2023 with the hope of not raising taxes.

The bill would raise base state aid from $4,170 per pupil in 2018-2019 to $4,718 in 2022-23. After 2022-2023, funding would be tied to base aid plus the Midwest Consumer Price Index.

“Does this work without a tax . . .

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