- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas lawmakers have created a committee to review school standards and funding.

The K-12 Student Success Interim Study Committee created Wednesday will have 15 members from the House and Senate. The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1Uu6xMG ) the committee will study education goals and “the best funding mechanism” for Kansas schools.

House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, proposed the committee. It comes after the state replaced a per-pupil funding formula with block grants for the next two years while the state devises a new school financing formula.

Lawmakers also approved an interim committee to study sales tax exemptions. During last session’s budget debate, lawmakers disagreed over whether some current exemptions should be repealed.

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