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KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

Our data comes from KSDE. Ask them for the data and you will get the same numbers.

May 8, 2015 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

not at all. We can do it by reducing the cost of services. Do you believe that state government is at or near 100% efficiency? Is it reasonable that government could operate 5% or 6% more efficient? That's all we're talking about.

May 8, 2015 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

http://www.kansasopengov.org/SchoolDi... All fund balances are posted here for each district.

Lawrence started the year with $35.5 million in operating cash reserves (compared to $5.3 million in 2005). On a per-pupil basis, Lawrence has $3,128 per student versus the state average of $1,859.

May 8, 2015 at 12:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

Lawrence started the year with $35.5 million in operating cash reserves (compared to $5.3 million in 2005). On a per-pupil basis, Lawrence has $3,128 per student versus the state average of $1,859. http://www.kansasopengov.org/SchoolDi...

May 8, 2015 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

For starters, school funding as a whole has NOT been reduced. This will be the 4th consecutive year that funding will set a new record and the third consecutive record on a per-pupil basis. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

The lower court said schools were underfunded but the Supreme Court said they used the wrong test. The lower court then thumbed its nose at the Supremes and essentially re-issued its first ruling based on the old Augenblick & Myers cost study, which the Supreme Court said is "...more akin to estimates than the certainties envisioned by the pane."

The Legislature promised $109 million more in LOB equalization and $25 million more for Capital Outlay aid to settle the equalization part of the ruling (not required to do so, but did so regardless) and that is exactly what districts get in the new block grants. Districts may feel they are entitled to more but they shouldn't have budgeted for and spent more than the Legislature approved.

The block grants do NOT reduce the money available to schools. As explained in the link above, state aid to schools will increase by $142 million this year and that does not count KPERS, special education or bond aid. Funding increases each of the next two years, although not by much.

'Gasping for air'? More like 'grasping for excuses.' Every LPA audit says schools are inefficient. They started the year with $860 million in cash and will likely have about the same at the end of the year (as they always do). If each district held the same carryover ratio as in the 2006 school year, they would need $320 million less. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

I imagine you are only repeating what schools have been saying, but it is unfortunate that so many will not tell the truth.

May 8, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

None of that increase goes to KPERS, as explained in the table to which I linked. The budget can be balanced without tax increases but too many legislators are unwilling to stand up to the bureaucracy and special interests that profit from excess government spending.

May 8, 2015 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

FYI, Kansas City is getting $13 million more under the block grants according to data provided by KSDE. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

The district budgeted an 18% increase this year. Their spending will be higher this year...just not 18% higher. http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/School%...

May 7, 2015 at 9:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence superintendent signals 'grave concerns' about budget situation

Actually, I think many school teachers are underpaid. Effective teachers should be paid more, and could, if district administrators and school boards would fight for merit pay and scrap the one-size-fits-none method of paying teachers based mostly on time-in-position. Administrators and school boards could also make more money available for teacher pay by combining non-instruction functions across district lines.

There are lots of ways that administrators and school boards could reallocate money to Instruction and teacher pay. They have the money but are spending it elsewhere.

May 1, 2015 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence superintendent signals 'grave concerns' about budget situation

The first teacher on the list is 62nd highest paid...a band teacher at $ 70,164.65

http://www.kansasopengov.org/SchoolDi...

May 1, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )