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Kansas headed toward another school finance debate next year

Associated Press - August 29, 2015 4:22 pm

Data from the Kansas Department of Education indicates reverting to an old public education funding system that would be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court would hurt schools in suburban Kansas City.

Five months after a new law for funding public schools took effect in Kansas, legislators and education officials are talking about drafting another one next year.

The interest comes from critics of this year’s changes in how the state distributes more than $4 billion in aid to 286 school districts – but also from Republican lawmakers who supported the new law.

The new law took effect in early April. It jettisoned the state’s old, per-student formula for distributing aid to the districts, replacing it with grants based on what each district received during the previous school year.

The law set aside money for school funding through June 2017.

The new law’s authors said from the beginning it was a short-term fix for the problems they saw in school funding.

Doug Clemens

August 31, 2015 at 11:55 am

Number one school districts need to be held accountable for budgets. When school district budgets are more than city or county or combined city and county something is wrong. Larger districts school superintendents income is much to much for the work they do. They have assistants, assistants to assistants and make department to handle matters the superintendents should be doing. Salina is a prime example of this. but if you look at the small districts the superintendents make less income but do all the jobs. Herein lies the problem that needs to be fixed.

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