Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to phase in funding for full-day kindergarten was dealt a setback Thursday from his fellow Republicans.
The House Education Budget Committee voted to remove the funding for the proposal from the public school budget.
Republicans on the committee voted to remove the funding, while Democrats wanted to keep it.
State Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, made the motion to remove the funding.
Asked why by state Rep. Jerry Henry, D-Atchison, Huebert said he made the motion after discussions with House GOP leaders.
"I'm not making any final determination with this money," Huebert said. "I feel like its best to pull the money back."
State Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, said removing the funding now was premature since a House committee studying Brownback's proposal just held its first meeting Thursday.
Brownback has proposed adding $16 million each year for five years to cover the cost of all-day kindergarten. Currently the state provides funding for half-day kindergarten, with the remaining portion funded through other sources.
The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the full House Appropriations Committee.