Brownback signs school funding bill into law

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 17:42:18-04

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a measure increasing the state's funding on public schools in response to a court mandate.

Previous coverage: Kansas schools wait for governor's decision on school funding bill 

Brownback acted Thursday on the bill, which would phase in a $293 million increase in aid to public schools over two years.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding was inadequate. The court is expected to review the new law.

He issued the following statement:

“The legislature missed an opportunity to substantially improve the K-12 funding system. They did, however, direct more dollars into the classroom by limiting bond and interest aid, encouraging responsible financial stewardship at the local level. Additionally, they included a sunset on the school funding system, allowing for a regular and robust discussion about the needs of Kansas students.”

This is Brownback's 92nd bill that was signed into law this session. Three were vetoed.