The Latest: Kansas Senate advances plan to boost school aid

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature’s debates over raising taxes to fix the state budget and provide additional money for public schools (all times local):

12:15 a.m. Wednesday

The Kansas Senate has advanced a bill that would phase in an increase in spending on public schools of roughly $230 million over two years.

Senators gave the measure first-round approval just after midnight Tuesday on a voice vote. They planned to take another, final vote later Wednesday morning to determine whether their bill goes to the House.

The House has a rival plan to phase in a $285 million increase in aid to the state’s 286 school districts over two years. Legislative negotiators are likely to draft a final, compromise plan.

Both chambers’ measures are a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March that the state’s education funding is inadequate. The state now spends about $4 billion a year.

Democrats said neither plan is adequate.

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