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State is Delinquint on School Payments

A Kansas Department of Education official says the state has delayed a contribution to educators‘ pensions and postponed half of its monthly general state aid payments to school districts.

Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis told The Associated Press Friday that the two delayed items together total almost $124 million. He said the delays are being caused by a cash crunch.

It‘s the second consecutive month that the state has delayed part of its aid payments to its 289 school districts. In January, the delay was only a few days, and Dennis said he expects the second half of the aid payments, some $65 million, to reach districts in the near future.

But the state‘s $59 million quarterly pension contribution was due Jan. 14.

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