Topeka State budget cuts to public schools have resulted in fewer teachers and more crowded classrooms, according to statistics reported Friday by the Kansas Department of Education.
The total number of teacher positions statewide in the current school year is 34,075.
That is a drop of 256 from last year and 1,363 since the 2008-09 school year total of 35,438.
Meanwhile, student enrollment has increased from 473,097 in 2008-09 to 482,798 in the current school year. That is an increase of 9,701 students. During that time, the Lawrence school district grew from 11,007 students to 11,613 students, an increase of 606 students.
The elimination of teacher positions coincides with cuts to school funding.
In the 2008-09 school year, base state aid to public schools was $4,400 per pupil. That figure is now $3,780 per pupil following several rounds of cuts, including the latest one of $232 per pupil approved by Gov. Sam Brownback.