- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - New figures from the Kansas Legislature’s research staff show that rising state contributions to teacher pensions would eat up much of the proposed funding increases for public schools under a new plan.

Republican leaders Thursday outlined a measure for overhauling how the state distributes aid to school districts.

They said total aid for the 2016-17 school year would be $333 million higher than it was for 2013-14. That’s an increase of nearly 9 percent.

But data obtained from legislative researchers showed that when increases in pension contributions are factored out, the increase in 2016-17 compared with 2013-14 would be $184 million, or 5.2 percent.

And when proposed aid for 2016-17 is compared with the current 2014-15 school year, the increase outside of pensions is $39 million, or 1.1 percent.

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