TOPEKA (AP) — A Senate committee has endorsed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to use federal stimulus dollars to prevent cuts in aid to public schools.

The Ways and Means Committee’s action came on a voice vote Friday.

When Sebelius and legislators revised the current budget to eliminate a deficit, the state’s 295 school districts lost about $7 million of the aid they had been promised, or 0.2 percent.

Sebelius wants to use $192 million in stimulus funds to prevent a further cut during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

She’s proposing to use $585 million in stimulus funds to shore up the next fiscal year’s budget. The state expects to receive $1.7 billion from the recently enacted federal stimulus package.

The House Appropriations Committee also has endorsed her plan.

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