New proposal would cut Kansas school districts by half

Kansas would have fewer than half of the local school districts it now has under a reorganization that a conservative Republican lawmaker proposed Wednesday because he said it would trim administrative costs.

Rep. John Bradford said his measure would decrease the number of local school districts to 132 from the current 286 and leave 99 of the state’s 105 counties with only one district each. Bradford presented his plan to the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, which agreed to sponsor it as a bill.

Several other Republican lawmakers said they’re interested in finding ways to have local school districts operate more efficiently.

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