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Letter: School attack

I'm not Richard, but I'll gladly answer. I don't believe I should pay anything more. However, I believe that OTHER PEOPLE who are currently paying ZERO income tax should be paying just like the rest of us. In fact, if we got rid of ALL exemptions for income, sales, property, etc., taxes, we could properly fund education AND all of us who currently pay these taxes could likely pay less.

May 18, 2015 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School attack

Thank you, Kevin, for your consistent and predictable illustration of how the block grant school defunding law was engineered to obscure the cuts.

Next year's block funding compared to this year's block funding is the wrong metric, as is this year's block funding compared to last year's funding. Yet those are precisely the comparisons you, Trabert, & Co continue to make in order to mislead people.

To see the cuts you folks are trying to obscure, one only needs to compare this year's (and the next two years') block funding to what district WOULD HAVE HAD under the now-repealed finance formula.

The block grants cut funding, period. And, that doesn't even touch the fact that the legislature has yet to secure sufficient resources to actually fund them.

May 15, 2015 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Having money in an account doesn't mean that money isn't budgeted for anything, or that the district could absorb a cut of the same magnitude as the account balance.

Unfortunately, there seem to be a large number of people who believe just that. I shall refrain from correcting your spelling.

May 8, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

No, Dave. Your twisting the truth, as usual. The legislature ESTIMATED that funding the LOB and capital outlay equalization would amount to $109 and $25 million. But, with a dynamic and responsive (as it SHOULD be) funding formula...combined with an INCREASE in child poverty, etc., (under BROWNBACK); the actual cost of meeting the court order came in higher than what the legislative estimate was.

Estimates are just that - estimates. The legislature was legally obligated - by court order - to fund the equalization aid portions of the finance formula. They were not merely obligated to fund to the level of their estimate.

May 8, 2015 at 2:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Total dollar funding isn't the measure, Dave, and you know it. Funding is up because the cost of educating student is up: more students, more students in poverty, and more students who are not English proficient = greater cost to educate ALL students.

However, when BSAPP is cut, even though the total dollar amount going to K12 might be higher, it is not "higher" relative to the needs being addressed.

As for districts having cash balances carried over at the end of the fiscal year, let me ask you this: Do school districts have payrolls to meet during July, August, and September? Do school districts have buildings to cool over the summer? Indoor plumbing needs, perhaps?

Obviously, yes. Now, share with us please the schedule of state payments to school districts. Any schools district that DOESN'T have a significant positive balance as of July 1 is in big trouble.

Stop trying to shame people for properly managing education budgets. Oh, wait. You can't stop - you'd get fired for not doing your job.

May 8, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attorney: Kansas need not have best school funding system

"The state contends the changes provide stability."

A more accurate description: stagnation.

May 8, 2015 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence superintendent signals 'grave concerns' about budget situation

Please provide references for that "data" you just shared.

May 3, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence superintendent signals 'grave concerns' about budget situation

Looking at admin salaries, and ignoring the whole district budget, will not give you an accurate picture of anything. Lots of folks love to complain that Lawrence is top heavy with high-paid admin., but I bet not one of you have a clue as to what % of the district's budget goes to administration. You might try looking that up before spouting ignorant bs.

May 2, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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