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Kansas State Board of Education votes on budget recommendations

Posted: Jul 19, 2016
Author: Ann Bush

Ann Marie Bush, Communications Specialist     (785) 296-7921

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2016

Kansas State Board of Education
votes on budget recommendations

TOPEKA — The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday voted to recommend a $900 million, two-year increase in state school aid to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The board believes this move is essential to provide the resources necessary for the state to achieve the new vision — Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

The recommendations, which is required by state statute, would increase general fund operating state aid by $565.6 million for fiscal year 2018 and $327.8 million for FY 2019.

The board is recommending increasing the base state aid per pupil from $3,852 to $4,604 in FY 2018 and $5,090 in FY 2019. This would require an extra $519 million in 2018 and $306 million in 2019.

The board also is recommending special education state aid be increased from $433.9 million to about $465 million for FY 2018 and $474 million for 2019.

Pre-K pilot would gain $900,000, raising it to nearly $5 million in 2018. It would remain the same for 2019. This program offers funding for preschool programs operated by public and private agencies. This increase would support the board’s five outcomes, which will be used to help measure the progress of the vision.

The five outcomes are kindergarten readiness; Individual Plan of Study (IPS) focused on career interest; high school graduation rates; postsecondary completion/attendance; and social/emotional growth measured locally.

The board also is recommending $35,000 each for Agriculture in the Classroom, Communities in School and the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education. These programs haven’t been funded in recent years.

Other recommendations include:

  • Adding $460,000 in 2018 for the Parents as Teachers program, which would allow 1,000 more children to be served. The board is asking for the funds to come from the Children’s Initiative Fund, which uses reserves from the state tobacco settlement.
  • Restoring funding for the Mentor Teacher Program at an additional cost of $3 million.
  • Restoring funding for the Professional Development program at a cost of $4.25 million.
  • Adding $800,000 to fully fund the cost of transporting students to technical education programs.

The recommendations will be presented to Shawn Sullivan, the Kansas’ budget director. They then will be considered by the governor and the Legislature.

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