Kansas: Brownback signs school finance bill with controversial add-ons

Apr 22, 2014

House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, left, and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, right watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign the school finance bill into law Monday afternoon.
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, left, and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, right watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign the school finance bill into law Monday afternoon.
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed the school finance bill this week; complete with controversial add-ons reported the Topeka Capital-Journal

Brownback praised the Legislature for passing the bill just weeks after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state wasn’t meeting its constitutional duty to fund schools equitably.

“This was a major accomplishment to move forward,” Brownback said. “I congratulate the leadership on being able to get that done.”

Educators were not supportive of the $129 million bill.  Hundreds of teachers made a show of strength against the bill at the Capitol because of an amendment removing the state mandates of tenure for public school teachers.

More about the school finance bill from the Topeka Capital-Journal can be found here.