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Gov. Brownback set to ask educators for input

Gov. Sam Brownback will hold a press press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to share his plan to “engage the education community in developing a funding system that ensures a high-quality education for Kansas students.”
Gov. Sam Brownback will hold a press press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to share his plan to “engage the education community in developing a funding system that ensures a high-quality education for Kansas students.” File photo

Sam Brownback is prepping to work with educators on a new school finance plan.

The governor’s office said that Brownback will hold a press press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday. At that point, Brownback will share his plan to “engage the education community in developing a funding system that ensures a high-quality education for Kansas students,” according to the announcement.

Jim McNiece, the chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, and Randall Watson, the Kansas Commissioner of Education, will also appear with the governor.

Brownback’s announcement comes at a time when education funding has become a volatile topic for state lawmakers. The Kansas Legislature held a rare special session in June to satisfy the state’s Supreme Court and redistribute funding between richer and poorer districts. Education funding came up frequently in legislative campaigns leading up to the Aug. 2 primary where moderates across the state unseated conservative incumbents.

State lawmakers have said a new education funding formula will likely be one of their major priorities when they return to Topeka in January. The block grant system that replaced the old school finance formula is set to expire in 2017.

Hunter Woodall: 785-354-1388, @HunterMw

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