Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal was released today, and a first glance shows no increase in base state aid per pupil for public school students in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. A three-judge panel has ordered a significant increase, ruling the state has shirked its constitutional duty to adequately fund schools.
Governor's budget overview ( .PDF )
The current level is $3,838 in base state aid per student. The governor's plan would maintain that level in the next school year, and then increase it to $3,852 in the 2014-15 school year. The court panel said the level should be $4,492, which would require a $440 million increase.
Brownback also calls for abolishing the mortgage interest tax deduction in his budget proposal.
The budget recommendation also includes $35 million in bonding authority and $10 million in state tax dollars for a medical education building at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
More details to come.