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Brownback links merit pay, school aid for Kansas

Posted: 12:44 PM, Sep 13, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-13 13:44:58-04

Gov. Sam Brownback says work on a new formula for funding Kansas' public schools should focus on how local districts spend their money, create incentives to shift dollars into classroom instruction and encourage merit pay for teachers.

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The Republican governor said during an Associated Press interview that he'd like the GOP-dominated Legislature to draft a new formula next year.

It would determine how the state distributes the bulk of its aid the 286 districts, now more than $4 billion.

He said a key issue is making sure that a greater percentage of dollars go to classroom instruction, rather than administrative overhead.

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And he said a new formula should encourage districts to use merit pay systems to reward their best teachers.

But educators and others say the state's spending isn't adequate.

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