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Kan. gov. seeks modest boost in school funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposals would phase in a $76 million increase in aid to public schools over two years and use revenues from state-owned casinos to help fund teachers' pensions.

Brownback outlined recommendations Wednesday for spending for the two years beginning in July.

He proposed that the state keep its base aid for public schools at $3,838 for the fiscal year that begins in July and then increase it by $14, to $3,852 during the fiscal year that begins in July 2014.

Both figures are still far short of the $4,492 ordered last week by a three-judge panel hearing an education funding lawsuit in Shawnee County.

Brownback is also proposing that the state dedicate $77 million in casino revenues to teacher pensions during the next two fiscal years.