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USD 259 supports $38 million fix on funding

Wichita was among several school districts urging lawmakers last week to boost school funding by $38 million to make education funding equitable. Although the extra funding would not make USD 259 whole, it is a workable solution, Jim Freeman, the district’s chief financial officer, argued in committee testimony. “Diluting funding, changing formulas or adding artificial provisions beyond the scope of the formula will simply continue the disparity and jeopardize reaching a constitutional resolution in a timely manner,” he said. – Phillip Brownlee