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Panel to work Kan. at-risk student bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Senate committee is scheduled to take action on a proposal to redefine how Kansas determines how schools are awarded funds for students at risk of failure.

Currently districts receive additional state funds based on student qualification for free or reduced-priced lunches. The policy is based on research indicating that students living in poverty frequently need additional supports to help them succeed in school.

The bill on the Senate Education Committee calendar Wednesday would keep that policy in place for students in kindergarten through third grade. Funds would be awarded for students in grades fourth through 12 based on their performance on standardized tests.

Supporters say the change will direct funds toward students who demonstrate a need based on achievement. Opponents say poverty is still the best indicator of school struggles.