House rejects school finance compromise bill early Sunday morning

The Kansas House rejected a school finance measure early Sunday morning that would have provided new school aid in response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling, and incorporated policy reforms ranging from diminished public teacher due-process rights, to tax breaks for financial supporters of private schools.

The House voted 67-55 against the bill following about two hours of debate that started late Saturday night and moved into early morning hours.

The House bill added another $30 million for addressing issues with local option budget gaps and capital outlay differences on top of what the Senate bill offered. It also did not add policy revisions added by the Senate, like eliminating money for Common Core funding, removing teacher tenure and due process, and adding a property tax rebate for students not educated in public schools.

The bill under consideration Saturday night and early Sunday was a compromise offer reached Saturday. It adds $130 million to cover the Kansas Supreme Court mandate to address funding inequities, but it also ends due process hearings for teachers, allows tax breaks for corporations that donate to private school scholarship funds and allows property tax breaks of up to $2,500 for families with children not in public schools. Senate negotiators dropped the plan to defund Common Core.

Lawmakers want to finish this bill before taking a three-week break to end the regular session. We'll keep you updated on KVOE and KVOE.com.


KVOE News reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.

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