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Block-grant bill leading to early closings, funding crunches

Wichita Eagle

Though state lawmakers portrayed the block-grant schools funding as great for students, that’s hard to square with the mounting count of districts planning to end the school year early for financial reasons. At least six are trimming days from the calendar, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal: Concordia USD 333, Twin Valley USD 240, Smoky Valley USD 400, Haven USD 312, Skyline USD 438 and Shawnee Heights USD 450. Concordia and Skyline also are among the four districts that have applied for a total $630,000 from the block-grant bill’s $4 million “extraordinary needs fund” for the current school year. So far, the legislation that Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, said would “create an environment of stability, predictability, certainty for our schools” is doing no such thing. – Rhonda Holman