School finance

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.
Brownback says he will push for reducing state personal income tax rate
12:20 p.m., December 13, 2011 Updated 04:04 p.m.
Brownback warned that the state budget would suffer from a “federal storm” of budget cuts. Whoever the next president is, he said, “is going to cut.”
Brownback’s school funding plan will allow for more tax leeway
December 7, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback’s point man on school finance said Wednesday that the governor’s proposal to overhaul school funding will not force local districts to raise taxes but will give them greater ability to do so.
Kennedy School representative on school consolidation: ‘Pick us’
01:02 a.m., December 6, 2011 Updated 09:25 a.m.
As representatives from three schools targeted for potential consolidation pointed out the strengths of their school’s programs, advisability of their locations and community strengths of their programs — all with an eye toward justifying each school’s very survival — Dawn Shew wasn’t having any of it.
Opponents on Kansas school finance to speak at forum in Baldwin City
November 29, 2011
A forum on school finance — featuring speakers on opposite ends of the issue — will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Baldwin City High School.
Attorney for school districts says Brownback education finance plan would make matters worse
November 18, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants to overhaul the public school finance system to avoid lengthy litigation that has surrounded the major funding function of state government.
State budget cuts have led to fewer teachers in Kansas schools while enrollment increases
November 4, 2011
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.
Democrats to address fears over school finances during forum Saturday at Lawrence library
August 25, 2011
With Gov. Sam Brownback contemplating cuts in the state income tax and making other potential changes in revenue sources, Democrats are organizing a forum to consider how such efforts might drain state financing for public schools.
Statehouse Live: Education rally scheduled for Saturday at Statehouse
10:29 a.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 06:09 p.m.
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the south side of the Capitol.
Teachers request $1,500 raises during negotiations with Lawrence school district administrators
09:11 p.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 02:02 p.m.
Teachers in the Lawrence school district are asking for raises of $1,500 each for the next school year.
Statehouse Live: Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal seeks to push education finance provision
March 28, 2011
A lawsuit has been filed by a group of 63 school districts that alleges the state has violated the Kansas Constitution by inadequately funding education.
State lawmakers field questions about education funding at Eggs and Issues event
March 12, 2011
Less than 24 hours after Gov. Sam Brownback cut $50 million in public school funding, education was again the hot topic at the year’s second Eggs and Issues event Saturday morning.
Judge rules against Shawnee Mission parents seeking local tax hikes to fund schools
02:46 p.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 04:36 p.m.
A lawsuit filed by parents in the Shawnee Mission school district claims that state school funding is inadequate. They sought a temporary injunction that would allow the district to ask voters for a local tax hike.
Statehouse Live: Brownback cuts $50 million from public schools
Senator questions governor’s authority
11:28 a.m., March 11, 2011 Updated 09:27 p.m.
Brownback, a Republican, said the move is necessary because legislators have been unable to come to an agreement on budget cuts for the current fiscal year.