June 18, 2024

TOPEKA — More cuts in state aid to public schools in Kansas may reach near the bottom. State Representative Bill Feuerborn said a proposed $187 million cut means some schools may close and even sports programs phased out because of the cutbacks.  He doesn’t support such steep cuts but some leaders say that’s the only place the state can make cuts.   State Rep. Tony Brown said that could include football and basketball, which will get many people’s attention.  Further budget cuts to schools will have serious consequences, he said. Some legislators say there is some hopeful signs in state revenues but will be several months more before they know how it will affect the state budget next year, Sen. Derek Schmidt said.

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