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Brownback to outline school funding plan’s details

December 12, 2011

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— Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration will release the details of his plan for overhauling how Kansas finances its public schools this week.

The governor’s office says the details will be made public Wednesday, during a presentation by Policy Director Landon Fulmer to the State Board of Education.

The administration promises none of the state’s 283 school districts will see their aid from the state decrease during the next school year.

But Kansas Association of School Boards lobbyist Mark Tallman says officials remain skeptical because they haven’t seen enough details to know how the plan will affect their individual school districts.

Fulmer has already said the plan will eliminate state limits on local property taxes that supplement more than $3 billion in annual state aid.

Comments

citizenlame 3 years ago

Reviving the failed formula from the 1990's and allowing school districts with an affluent tax base to pull even further ahead of districts with next to no tax base, does not an 'overhaul' make.

kochmoney 3 years ago

Awesome idea. It has the added benefit of being more likely to do worse for students than it is to do better. I like a complete and total lack of evidence in my education policy, so long as it lines the pockets of the rich friends of Brownback who start these schools and suffer no significant financial losses when they fail.

question4u 3 years ago

"Hopefully education vouchers and/or tax credits will be part of the new plan."

Tax credits? Isn't eliminating the income tax the whole point of taking the hatchet to education funding? Are you expecting credits on sales tax? If the income tax is eliminated, are you expecting the city of Lawrence to issue property tax credits or education vouchers to its residents if they choose not to send their children to public schools? Has Lawrence been a Tea Party town all this time and just kept its far right-wing sentiments a secret?

The more that taxation for public education becomes the responsibility of local districts, the more that residents of Lawrence will be paying in property tax. Support for education is strong enough in Lawrence that the increase in property tax may go well beyond just making up for state cuts. Lawrence may end up with excellent schools and the highest property taxes in the state outside Johnson County. After all, if Brownback's plan goes through, the only thing preventing a surge in property taxes is the will of the voters in Lawrence: those same voters who were happy to increase taxes for the library.

kochmoney 3 years ago

Brownback will see to it that local districts have no control over charter schools but are forced to pay for them all the same, and they'll face the choice of raising local taxes even more to compensate for lost state funding AND the charters who swarm in to stick their fingers in the middle of that sweet, government-funded pie.

Ockhams_Razor 3 years ago

Nothing but a pink pony designed to increase more prosperous areas' local property and sales taxes, while guaranteeing an eventual confrontation with the Kansas Supreme Court, and large and easy attorneys fees going to a firm in Newton.

Emma said it best ........... #heblowsalot

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