New education bill expands tax credit scholarship program

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House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a package of educational policies in a bill that expands a state program that awards tax credits for donations to private school scholarships.

The House-Senate conference committee agreed on a bill providing $5.7 billion in school funding that had been requested by Gov. Laura Kelly.

Conservative Republicans, however, retreated from a major effort to create a new program that would have allowed at-risk students attending public schools to take their state aid to attend a private school.

The committee will officially approve the bill Friday and then . . .

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