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School funding fix includes wishful thinking

It’s good that state lawmakers avoided cutting general state aid as part of their plan to equitably fund public schools. But their alternative – using extra proceeds from the sale of assets of the Kansas Bioscience Authority – seems like wishful thinking. The state expects the sale to bring in $25 million. Lawmakers said that if the sale surpassed that mark, up to $13 million of the excess could be used for the school funding fix. But there seems to be no basis for thinking that the sale will exceed the estimate. At least lawmakers included a backup plan in case the sale isn’t higher than expected: Transfer money for the K-12 extraordinary needs fund and take another $5 million from highway funds. – Phillip Brownlee