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School finance

School finance ruling delayed until around New Year’s
06:00 a.m., December 4, 2012 Updated 06:38 p.m.
The decision in the pending school finance case could have far-reaching implications for the upcoming legislative session. By Peter Hancock
School improvement costs estimated at $85.4 million
November 26, 2012
Lawrence school board members are preparing to ask voters to approve a bond issue amid cloudy future for school funding. By Peter Hancock
In efficiency fight, school officials counter that cuts have already left deep wounds
October 24, 2012
Governor’s task force searches for waste, but local officials say they’ve achieved efficiency and cuts have already taken a toll. By Peter Hancock.
Democrats say Brownback tax cuts will result in $900 million in cuts to public schools, higher education
October 2, 2012
Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday said public schools and higher education will suffer $900 million in budget cuts because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts. Brownback has vowed to protect school funding and what he calls core services.
Task force to be formed to address widening achievement gap as test scores fall
September 19, 2012
Still reeling from the first decrease in more than a decade in statewide test scores, education officials acknowledged Wednesday that the results were even worse for minority students and those from low-income families. Still reeling from the first decrease in more than a decade in statewide student test scores, education officials acknowledged Wednesday that the results were even worse for minority students and those from low-income families.
Statehouse Live: Student performance drops amid budget cuts
September 18, 2012
Student performance on statewide reading and math assessments dropped for the first time since 2001, education officials reported Tuesday.
Statehouse Live: State Board of Education recommends $440 million increase in base state aid to schools
July 10, 2012
The State Board of Education on Tuesday recommended a $440 million increase in base state aid to school districts.
State board urged to seek millions in school funding
10:05 p.m., July 4, 2012 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Education advocates are urging the State Board of Education to request millions more in state tax dollars to fund public schools in Kansas, arguing that the money is needed to maintain recent achievement gains and a trained workforce.
Plaintiff school districts, state battle in school finance hearing
June 4, 2012
An attorney representing 54 school districts on Monday said the Legislature must meet its constitutional obligation and increase school funding.
Koch influence present in school lawsuit
Judges to hear financing case this week
June 2, 2012
Koch-funded groups recently helped push through historic tax cuts in Kansas. This week, they will battle against public schools seeking more funding.
Teachers ask district for $3,250 pay boost
April 18, 2012
Teachers in the Lawrence school district would like to see a $3,250 raise next year.
Petition drive targets governor’s school finance proposal
March 1, 2012
Several organizations have joined forces in a petition drive that calls for increased school funding and opposition to Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed school finance overhaul.
Brownback’s school finance plan may be subject of interim study
February 24, 2012
Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, said there was “weak support” for Brownback’s plan on the Senate Education Committee. “So the logical choice is to refer it to an interim committee for further study,” Vratil said.
Brownback faces doubt about public education funding plan
December 18, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback says his education funding plan will end lawsuits over how Kansas finances its public schools, but some educators and legislators doubt his changes would survive a court challenge.
Brownback unveils new school finance plan, focuses on local property taxes
09:02 a.m., December 14, 2011 Updated 12:57 p.m.
“Our proposal is a modern formula that will provide districts the flexibility that is necessary to meet today’s challenges, prepare tomorrow’s opportunities, and excel in education,” Brownback said.