12 Days In March: How The Kansas School Funding Bill Was Passed
When Senate Vice President Jeff King banged his gavel Monday afternoon to mark the final passage of the school finance bill, he brought to a close a process that in just 12 days upended how Kansas funds education.
On March 4, the legislation was only an idea. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback had called on the Legislature during his State of the State speech in January to scrap the school funding formula — in place since the early 90s — and replace it with a block grant system to be used for a few years until lawmakers crafted a new, permanent formula.
No concrete proposal had yet been put forward. But on March 5, Republicans set in motion a series of at times dramatic events that concluded with Monday’s Senate vote sending the bill to the governor.