Report: School Funding Overhaul Needed

A legislative committee’s draft report says Kansas needs a “complete overhaul” of its system for funding public schools.

The report posted online Monday is for a joint committee studying school funding issues. The report says the state’s formula for distributing more than $4 billion in aid annually should be redesigned to focus on individual students.

The report also suggests some expenses, including transportation and food services, could be handled regionally to save money, or even turned over to private companies. The report also suggests the state consider whether accepting federal dollars is worth the cost of complying with federal rules.

The Republican-dominated committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday to review the report and decide whether to forward its recommendations to the full Legislature. Lawmakers open their 2016 session next week.