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Stimulus funding helps prevent further cuts to Kansas public education

March 9, 2009


It appears Kansas public schools are going to avoid deep cuts, thanks to the federal stimulus package.

“In light of the current fiscal situation, I think school superintendents will be appreciative that they don’t have to make major cuts,” said Kansas Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis.

On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee approved Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ budget amendment on school funding, which takes into consideration dollars coming from Washington, D.C., through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A Senate subcommittee has taken similar action.

If this proposal gains full House and Senate majorities and Sebelius’ signature, then school funding will essentially stay flat for the next two school years.

Base state aid was $4,433 per student at the start of the school year, then cut back to $4,400 in a bill to deal with a budget deficit brought on by the recession.

But staying at the $4,400 base state aid per student level is better than having to make major cuts, said Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman.

“This is certainly the lesser of all evils,” Weseman said.

Before the federal stimulus package was approved last month, state lawmakers were talking about 10 percent cuts to schools.

The $787 billion stimulus measure was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Some of the stimulus will go toward helping public schools, and Kansas’ share could reach nearly $600 million over two years.


OwlHead 9 years, 3 months ago

What happens when all of this stimulus money runs out and none of the fundamental problems have been addressed? It will be easy for all parties that are receiving stimulus money to forget that there was something wrong to begin with.

MyName 9 years, 3 months ago

The people who are working now will have had a Fiscal Year to find another job, that's what will happen OwlHead.

wysiwyg69 9 years, 3 months ago

exactly owlhead,, when this stimulus runs out they will just throw in a couple more trillion.

overthemoon 9 years, 3 months ago

the point of keeping people employed is to turn the economy around ...lessening the need for further stimulous and letting that sacred Market run rampant again.

Godot 9 years, 3 months ago

Obama/biden is the pairing of the most inexperienced Senator with the most dementious senator. The result is calamity for our nation. I would describe the Democrat leaders of our nation, Obama, Biden and Pelosi, as the three stooges, but I would not want to insult those honest actors from the depression era with the comparison to modern politicians.

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months ago

hhm, inexperienced senator leading our nation in times of crisis. Last time that happened, it was Lincoln. No, he didn't have to worry about banks failing, but he did create the federal banking system, so maybe he is to blame for all of this....(sarcasm). But Lincoln got through it with good set of advisors, his intelligence, and good common sense.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 3 months ago

Spending my tax dollars on education works and provides a best bang for the tax buck. The more the merrier which is good for the economy. The teaching staff will help keep others on the job.

Centerville 9 years, 3 months ago

Mom of Three: Please don't insult our intelligence by comparing O'blither to Lincoln.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 3 months ago

Careful, barry, "anonymity" on this board will not protect you in advocating or threatening the assassination of the president.

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