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Members of the Kansas Senate have been talking about a proposed constitutional amendment on school funding, but at least a couple of members of the House don't expect the idea to survive in the 2013 session.
The amendment would give the Kansas Legislature the sole authority to determine how much money the state can spend on public schools. If the amendment is approved by the legislature, it would go to a vote of the people.
Governor Sam Brownback and Republican leaders in the legislature have been unhappy with recent court decisions mandating the amount of school funding. State representative Jim Howell of Derby said the courts went too far in mandating a certain level of spending. Howell and Democratic House member Nile Dillmore of Wichita said after a recent legislative forum that they don't expect the amendment to have enough support to win approval in that chamber.
Dillmore said he sees the amendment as a "political pushback" by Republicans to retaliate for the recent court decisions.
Over 300 people turned out for a weekend forum in Wichita to talk about legislative issues. Some of the people who spoke at the forum were against the proposed amendment.