Moderates make one last push for school funding

At the end of a Legislative Educational Planning Committee meeting this week, Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, started to make a motion to increase school base aid to $4,492 per pupil, as promised in the 2006 plan upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. But the committee chairman, Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, cut Vratil off, adjourned the meeting and walked out, along with two other committee members. Vratil and the remaining members, including Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, voted anyway, approving the motion 7-0. Of those seven members, five (including Vratil and Schodorf) won’t be in the Legislature next session, so the motion is sure to go nowhere.

UPDATE: Huebert said he adjourned the meeting because all the agenda items had been covered. He also said there were snow warnings and some lawmakers from western Kansas needed to drive home.