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Lawmakers to discuss funding for at-risk students

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas lawmakers are looking into how the state provides funding to school districts for students identified as being at risk of failure.

The House and Senate Education Committees scheduled a joint meeting Thursday afternoon to hear from officials from the Kansas Department of Education and an analyst from the Kansas Policy Institute.

Kansas provides additional funding to districts for at-risk students based on the child's eligibility for free and reduced-priced lunches. The funds must be used to provide support programs, such as tutoring or other instruction, that will help the students improve their grades.

The funds can also be used to provide before- or after-school programs, or in some cases pay for all-day kindergarten.