The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday voted 7-3 to ask state lawmakers to increase funding by more than $600 million -- or 20% -- in the coming fiscal year. If the request is approved, more than $400 million would be used to provide districts with more base state aid per student, and funding would be increased for professional development and school lunch programs. However, board member Ken Willard said the request would require a tax increase. "A well-intended motion, it has no chance of passage and in many ways would be counterproductive to the state," Willard said.
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