AP Political Writer 

Kansas lawmakers advance rival education funding proposals


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas advanced rival plans Tuesday that would increase spending on public schools in hopes of satisfying a state Supreme Court mandate with a deadline looming, while also avoiding a tax increase.

The House approved a bill that would phase in an education funding increase of roughly $520 million over five years. Its 71-53 vote sent the measure to the Senate.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee on school funding approved its own bill that would phase in a $274 million increase over five years, dedicating some of the new money to early childhood educati...

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