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USD 259 could lose $5 million if law changed

Some GOP state lawmakers want to change how the state equalizes education funding so that it better targets poorer school districts. But some GOP lawmakers in Congress want to do the opposite, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Currently, schools that have a high concentration of low-income students receive federal Title I aid. But the Student Success Act, which is expected to be voted on soon in the U.S. House and would replace the No Child Left Behind law, would allow states to allocate that aid among all districts on a per-pupil basis. The result would be a significant shift in funding from poorer to wealthier school districts. An analysis by the White House estimates that the Wichita school district could lose $5 million, or 21 percent of its Title I funding, if the bill becomes law. – Phillip Brownlee