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Few new ideas on school finance

State Rep. Clay Aurand, R-Courtland, chairman of the Select Committee on Education, lowered expectations that the state would overhaul its school finance formula, saying this week that he doesn't think there will be wholesale changes. The only specific funding reform presented to the committee was a plan by Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, that would freeze base state aid but allow local districts to spend more money by raising property taxes. That would off-load tax increases on local communities and could lead to significant funding disparities between wealthy and poor school districts — a problem that led to the previous court intervention.