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Salina Schools Could Get Over $1 Million From Court Ruling

KSAL Staff - February 11, 2016 4:00 pm

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling on education funding could mean over $1 million in additional funding for Salina USD 305 Schools. The high court struck down a stopgap law for funding the state’s public schools, saying it left poor districts $54 million short.

The justices ruled Thursday that the Republican-backed law enacted last year doesn’t comply with the Kansas Constitution.

Salina USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall tells KSAL News that if the court ordered increase prompts legislators to go back to the previous funding formula for the last two fiscal years in lieu of the new block grant funding, it would mean about $800,000 for Salina in capital outlay and about another $600,000 for the local option budget. Capital outlay would be real dollars that the district could spent on things like furniture and equipment. The local option budget money would go toward lowering local property taxes, giving taxpayers some relief.

Republican legislators last year junked the state’s old per-pupil formula for distributing more than $4 billion in aid a year in favor of steady “block grants.” The law also took back some of the increased aid districts expected to receive for the 2014-15 school year.

The court gave lawmakers until the end of June to write a new law. The court said in its unsigned opinion: “Without a constitutionally equitable school finance system, the schools in Kansas will be unable to operate beyond June 30.”

Hall said “I don’t like to quantify this as a win / loss type of situation, but I think this is a victory for Kansas students.”


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Kelly Grace

February 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

The justices ruled Thursday that the Republican-backed law enacted last year doesn’t comply with the Kansas Constitution. Key word here REPUBLICAN-BACKED LAW. What a shame Kansas is, with a corrupt Governor and really pathetic law makers. Don’t Kansas parents think their children deserve more than this? Oh well keep voting Republican and it will get even worse.

Stan Clemons

February 12, 2016 at 1:53 am

Kelly do you believe any of that money will go towards educating kids? That money will be used to pay all the people working for the school district. For instance 3 or 4 assistants to the superintendent, then lets look at al the other salaries being paid to assistants to assistants. Or how about the plumbing group, electrical group and all the rest of the groups that are receiving salaries from the district. Used to be the school used local companies for repairs not anymore they rather pay salaries and benefits then use the other companies in Salina. So Kelly your kids will not benefit and if the district runs out of money they will raise our taxes once again until the population of Salina goes from 50,000 to 10,000 because people can live elsewhere cheaper while having better paying jobs. Then all the schools will be empty and be falling down. Salina school district proud of ripping the taxpayers off and graduating kids that cannot do simple math without using a calculator or electronic register.

Brent Williams

February 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Stan your right on.

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