School Finance

Rural district’s sacrifice illustrates depth of Kansas schools’ budget woes
May 14, 2015
Mike Sanders, superintendent of the Skyline school district in Pratt County, resigned his $81,000 a year job this week, saying that would prevent the district from having to cut more staff. Sanders said rising costs and the lack of state funding are forcing the district of 421 students to make difficult choices. By Peter Hancock
School funding lawsuit could set stage for constitutional showdown
May 10, 2015
Sometime in the next few weeks, or perhaps months, three judges will issue a ruling that could set the stage for constitutional showdown between the Kansas Legislature and the judiciary.
Kansas GOP touts school funding law; districts look to cut
May 9, 2015
Public school districts across Kansas are cutting programs, shedding jobs, ending the school year early and blaming it on the state’s new school funding law, even as the conservatives who advocated it tout the changes as a generous step forward for education.
Gov. Brownback, Kansas legislators give 5 school districts more funding
02:26 p.m., May 5, 2015 Updated 05:48 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders agreed Tuesday to give roughly half a million dollars in additional funding to five school districts hit hard by recent policy changes and unforeseen expenses.
Kansas Supreme Court puts school finance appeal on hold
April 30, 2015
In an order released late Thursday, the state’s high court said it will not consider an appeal of the case until a three-judge panel in Topeka finishes its deliberations. The next hearing before the panel is scheduled for May 7. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school district expects to repay $672,000 in state aid
05:56 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
The Lawrence school district has already received more state aid for its capital outlay and local option budgets than it’s entitled to receive under the new “block grant” school funding bill. Superintendent Rick Doll says that will result in a hiring freeze for classified employees this year and possibly fewer teachers in classrooms next year. By Peter Hancock
Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
New school finance plan draws guarded support
05:19 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
A bill that would phase in a new kind of school finance formula over the next three years drew guarded support from some school districts and surprising interest from some education groups during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Senate committee to hear proposal for new school finance formula
05:59 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has introduced a new school finance formula that would return the state to a per-pupil funding system, but would significantly change the kinds of weightings used to provide additional money for higher-cost students and districts. The panel will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Recent Kansas school finance actions raise several constitutional questions
07:07 p.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
A Kansas University law professor says recent actions by the Kansas Legislature and a district court raise numerous constitutional questions. Professor Rick Levy said the result could be another showdown between the legislative and executive branches over who decides how much funding schools should get. By Peter Hancock
Supreme Court asked again to review school finance ruling
02:53 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is again asking the state Supreme Court to review a three-judge district court panel’s decision that held current funding of public schools unconstitutional. The appeal comes one day after the Legislature passed a bill repealing the current funding formula and replacing it with a system of block grants to schools. By Peter Hancock

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