KS governor to sign new school funding bill

Posted at 8:57 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 23:19:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is expected to sign a school finance bill, which will add $500 million to school district budgets over the next five years.

The governor is scheduled to sign the bill at Seaman High School in Topeka Tuesday morning.

But before the bill is submitted to the state Supreme Court, lawmakers will need to pass a fix.

In an effort to pass a school funding bill in the last minute, lawmakers made an $80 million error. Instead of including local taxes, lawmakers included some local property taxes as part of base state aid.

Unless a change is made, school districts will receive closer to $72 million in new funding next year instead of $150 million.

A spokesperson for the governor told 41 Action News he plans on signing the bill Tuesday with the expectation that lawmakers will correct the error when they return to Topeka at the end of April.