School finance

Moody’s calls school finance ruling a negative credit factor for Kansas
January 18, 2013
The credit rating company says last week’s court ruling, coupled with pressure from tax cuts, casts a negative cloud over the state’s financial future. By Peter Hancock
Court ruling casts shadow over governor’s State of the State address
January 14, 2013
Last week’s court ruling in the school finance lawsuit could limit the options available to Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature. By Peter Hancock
Court: Kansas Legislature’s level of funding for schools unconstitutional
02:56 p.m., January 11, 2013 Updated 07:58 p.m.
A three-judge panel has ruled that the current level of school funding in Kansas is unconstitutional and has ordered the legislature to add an estimated $442 million in base state aid per pupil. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already filed a motion for appeal. By Peter Hancock
New House Education Committee chairwoman sees busy session ahead with finance, collective bargaining issues
January 6, 2013
Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, says school finance and collective bargaining will be among the issues the House Education Committee looks at in 2013. By Peter Hancock
Education at the top of all Kansas agendas in 2013
January 1, 2013
Weighty decisions lie ahead for local schools, legislature, State Board of Education and the courts. By Peter Hancock
Brownback, senators refused to help Topeka school district in grant application for federal funds
02:02 p.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 03:51 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback refused to help the Topeka school district’s efforts to try to secure a $40 million, three-year federal education grant. By Scott Rothschild.
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.