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Budget Shift Will Cut Childhood Program Funds

staff - November 14, 2015 6:13 am

Many Kansas legislators see their work toward complying with a state Supreme Court mandate on public school funding as unfinished.

An advocacy group says a budget adjustment that took $9 million from Kansas’ Children’s Initiatives Fund will mean a cut in money promised to 20 children’s programs.

The Kansas City Star reports a review by Kansas Action for Children says the budget adjustment will cost early childhood grant programs about 6.5 percent in funding for fiscal year 2016 and about 3 percent in fiscal year 2017.

Eileen Hawley, spokeswoman for Governor Sam Brownback, said the budget adjustment would not alter grant funding. According to Hawley, this is a one-time adjustment that should not result in a reduction in grant funding or the services delivered through them.

Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children, said in a statement that the programs produce some of the most impressive early childhood outcomes in Kansas, and they are being sacrificed.