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State budget cuts have led to fewer teachers in Kansas schools while enrollment increases

November 4, 2011


— 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.


soullessginger 2 years, 5 months ago

Cutting the funding for schools, that is one of dumbest ideas I've ever heard. People wonder why we don't go on to get decent paying jobs or sometimes even jobs at all, it's because we can't. We don't receive good enough education to go on and get a decent paying job one that can support us through college or to raise and support a family. Cutting school funding is making school reduce the number of teachers we receive, but as we do that we also start to get more students and those students are being punished because of these cuts. Those students suffer by not getting the attention we deserve and need. So I believe instead of cutting school funding find other things that we don't need and cut those, don't cut the education of your soon to be work force.


wastewatcher 2 years, 5 months ago

Why not some real analysis? What is the historical pupil - teacher ratio, what is the current ratio and what is the appropriate ratio? Also what is the ratios nationally and in other states? Then compare the ratios to student achievement and success in order to draw logical conclusions.


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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 5 months ago

Another example of the cultural revolution the GOP has brought us in their Great Leap Backward.


toe 2 years, 5 months ago

Government schools should charge tuition. if you cannot afford it, work for the public in exchange for an education.


WilburNether 2 years, 5 months ago

What a shoddy piece of "journalism." The key sentence, which is not played up in the headline or the opening, tone-setting paragraphs, is, "The elimination of teacher positions coincides with cuts to school funding." C-O-I-N-C-I-D-E-S. Not cause-and-effect, but coincides. The schools have plenty of money. Their problem is that educrats seem to be congenitally incapable of distinguishing between what is nice to have, and what is essential. Focus on the essentials, people, and the schools will be fine.


Scut Farkus 2 years, 5 months ago

If you have young children, move to another state.


rockchalk1977 2 years, 5 months ago

What's even more concerning is Mr. Doll's attempt to dumb-down intellectual standards by opting out of No Child Left Behind.


Bob_Loblaw 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes.....and Mr. Rick Doll and locals....How exactly will school consolidation help this scenario? This is a rhetorical question that I know you can't answer.


Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

Sadly, we better get used to this trend. The proposed 'reforms' in education and other areas have only one goal......spend less money.


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