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April 2, 2014TOPEKA, Kan. |  By: Chris Roush

Public Education Funding

Kansas House committee is working on an education funding plan that would boost the state's total annual aid to public schools by $96 million.
The Appropriations Committee worked into Tuesday night on a bill aimed at satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court decision last month directing lawmakers to increasing aid to poor school districts.
The committee is expected to vote on the plan late Tuesday.
The plan would provide an additional $129 million to poor districts. However, it would offset the cost by trimming $33 million from other forms of aid to all school districts. It would reduce the state's funding for school transportation programs and programs helping students at risk of failing.
School districts would also get greater authority to levy local property taxes to supplement their state aid.