Meanwhile, the Kansas House K-12 education budget committee has approved legislation that would provide an increase in funding for Southeast Kansas schools.

Kansas House Bill 2445 increases funding in several areas, including providing more than $44 million dollars in additional money for special education. The plan also calls for increases of seven and a half million dollars a year for special education through the 2022-2023 school year. The bill still needs approval of the House and Senate, before it could go to the governor’s desk.

The Department of Education estimates HB 2445 would provide an additional $960 thousand dollars to USD 250 in Pittsburg. Meanwhile, USD 234 in Ft. Scott would see an estimated increase of more than $590 thousand dollars.

USD 503 in Parsons would see an increase of more than $438 thousand dollars, USD 499 In Galena would see an increase of nearly $390 thousand dollars and Columbus’ USD 493 would see an increase of more than $347 thousand dollars.