- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Legislature’s budget committee chairmen are ready to unveil their plan for overhauling how the state distributes money to public schools.

Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr., of Olathe, and Sen. Ty Masterson, of Andover, scheduled a Statehouse news conference for Thursday morning to outline a school funding bill. Other Republican leaders planned to join them.

They didn’t provide details beforehand.

But their bill was expected to include Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to jettison the state’s existing formula for distributing $3.6 billion in aid and give local districts “block grants.”

That system would remain in place only while legislators write a new formula.

Ryckman and Masterson also have said their bill will keep districts’ property taxes at current levels and give them more flexibility in using reserve funds.

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