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Brownback praises House on funding fix

By The Herald Staff | 4/4/2014

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback issued words of support Friday evening after the Kansas House passed its version of a school finance bill aimed at fixing funding for Sunflower State education.

“The school finance bill that passed the Kansas House today with bipartisan support increases funding to Kansas schools by $83 million and includes $74 million of property tax relief,” Brownback said. “I am pleased with the broad bipartisan support for a plan that puts money into the classrooms where it best benefits students and teachers.

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback issued words of support Friday evening after the Kansas House passed its version of a school finance bill aimed at fixing funding for Sunflower State education.

“The school finance bill that passed the Kansas House today with bipartisan support increases funding to Kansas schools by $83 million and includes $74 million of property tax relief,” Brownback said. “I am pleased with the broad bipartisan support for a plan that puts money into the classrooms where it best benefits students and teachers.

“Legislation offered in February by House Democrats would have cost taxpayers more while sending only a very small portion of the additional funding to the classroom.  This is unacceptable.  We can and will do better. We will send the money to the classroom to help teachers teach and students learn.”

The Senate next must offer its version of the school funding fix, which then will be passed along to the governor.

“I will continue to work with legislative leadership until a bill reaches my desk,” Brownback said.

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