Kansas House passes school choice bill tied to special ed funding and teacher pay

Rep. Kristey Willliams of Augusta, one of the leading proponents of a new school choice bill.

During a House hearing on the bill, Republican Rep. Kristey Williams pointed to declining test scores among low-income students and said families need alternatives to public schools. Photo credit Blaise Mesa/Kansas News Service.

By Suzanne Perez 

The Kansas House narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would raise teacher pay and increase funding for special education while also establishing a far-reaching school choice program.