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Kansas Governor Discusses School Funding Bill In Riverton

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   Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed an education funding bill despite a multi-million dollar flaw in the bill's language.
    Because of an accounting error, the bill calls for a $454 million spending increase, which is $80 million less than intended.  Colyer signed the bill Tuesday, but called on lawmakers to fix the error when they  reconvene April 26.
    The governor signed the bill at a Topeka High School, then signed it again, ceremoniously, during a visit to the Riverton Kansas High school.
    "This is a responsible bill," Colyer said in Riverton.  "It doesn't increase taxes and that's important. I think this is a very responsible way, puts more money in the classroom, targets it on teachers and kids, and it also makes sure that we have outcomes."
    The bill is aimed at addressing a state Supreme Court's ruling that funding for schools is inadequate. A lawyer for the school districts that sued the state said the bill doesn't do enough to address that problem.
     Colyer disagrees. "It allows us to look at schools and help them re-invent themselves so that they're ready for the jobs of the future," the governor said.  "As we grow over the next few years, with the Trump economy, we've got 50,000 open jobs here and as we get these kids in these higher value jobs, that's a great opportunity for the state."


  
 

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