New proposal on school bonds would give the state more oversight of local construction programs

A Kansas House committee’s leader is moving forward with a proposal that would give the state more oversight of local public schools’ construction programs, though he acknowledged Tuesday that he’s not sure it would create the certainty in budgeting that many Republicans desire.

Chairman Ron Highland outlined a new version of the proposal during an Education Committee meeting. The Wamego Republican said the panel would vote on his proposal Friday.

Under his proposal, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Building Construction would review local school districts’ projects before their voters decide in an election whether to authorize bonds to finance them. The committee’s approval would be required if the state would help the local district pay off the debt.

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