A three-year, $466.2 million increase for public schools emerged today as lawmakers searched for an end to the 2006 legislative session.
House Education Committee Chairwoman Kathe Decker, R-Clay Center, said she was hopeful that the proposal would be approved.
"We've done a good-faith effort," Decker said.
Votes in the House and Senate were expected later today during the second longest wrap-up session ever. Today was the 14th day of the wrap-up session, two days fewer than the 2002 wrap-up that lasted 16 days.
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled the $3 billion school finance system unconstitutional because of under-funding, especially to large districts with high percentages of low-income students.
The court has told lawmakers to use a cost study to guide their appropriations.
But the plan that will be voted on today falls far short of the cost study that was done by the Legislative Division of Post Audit.
That study called for a $400 million increase next year, while the three-year proposal approved by a House-Senate conference committee would increase funding by $194.5 million next year.
The study called for a $195.3 million increase for programs that serve students who are at risk of failing; the new measure appropriates $49.3 million.
And the Post Audit report called for $53.8 million to be divided between four urban school districts that have a high proportion of poor students. The new plan allocates $22.7 million and spreads that over 38 school districts.
More about school finance
- Webcast of live arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court (requires Windows Media Player)
- Brief of the Montoy suit (.pdf)
- Timeline of events in school finance lawsuit
- 6News video: School finance bill to face court
- Plaintiffs: School finance bill fails grade (06-13-06)
- State wants high court to dismiss school suit (06-02-06)
- Legislature approves school finance plan (05-10-06)
- Chat with Bob Corkins, Kansas Education Commissioner (02-02-06)
- House roll call on $148.4 million school finance plan (07-07-05)
- Supt. Weseman's contingency plan (07-06-05)
- More about school finance »
- Conference Committee on Senate Bill 549
- House bill info
- Senate bill info
- Kansas public schools cost study
- Kansas public schools cost study executive summary
- Public Education Finances 2004 (.pdf)
- Senate roll call on $148.4 million school finance plan
- Supreme Court's Show Cause Order (07-02-05)
- Supreme Court's Order Denying Extension (.pdf)
- Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1603 (.pdf)
- Supplemental Note on Resolution No. 1603 (.pdf)