Accounting move wouldn’t change school-funding reality

Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, defended a House-passed bill that would require school districts to send a portion of their local-option budget funding to the state that then would be returned to the districts and counted as part of the base state aid. “We need to start focusing on what we’re truly spending on our kids,” Huebert said, noting how total education funding is significantly more than the base aid. But other lawmakers saw the bill as an accounting gimmick aimed at trying to make the state look better to the courts and the public. “I think it is smoke and mirrors,” said Rep. Jim Kelly, R-Independence. “It’s like if you lost the basketball game and you take 10 points from your opponent and then say you won.”