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Kansas Budget Overhaul Includes Changes to School Choice, Teacher Tenure Policies

After frenzied negotiations, the Kansas Legislature agreed to K-12 finance changes to satisfy a court ruling from last month that said the state’s education funding was inequitable.

Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, expressed his satisfaction with the budget changes and even said they exceeded what was required by the ruling in the Gannon v. State of Kansas case.

But as part of the budgetary changes, conservatives also won new provisions that expand school choice while eliminating teachers’ due-process rights. However, common-core opponents came up short when a proposal to block spending on the standards was stripped out of the final deal.