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Kansas State Board of Education Hears Details of Governor’s School Finance Proposal

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Photo Credit (holiday lights): 123rf stock image | Photo Credit (board members): Kansas State Board of Education | Pictured (left to right) - Top Row: Kenneth Willard, Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell; Second Row: Sally Cauble, David T. Dennis, Walt Chappell, Kathy Martin; Third Row -- Sue Storm, Janet Waugh; Bottom Row: John W. Bacon, Jana Shaver

This morning, the Kansas State Board of Education heard details of the school financing formula Gov. Sam Brownback plans to propose to the state legislature when it convenes in January.

“Thank you for eliminating some of the original parts of the formula that were so controversial,” Board Member Jana Shaver told Brownback’s policy director, Landon Fulmer, who presented the plan during this morning’s meeting.

“We do listen,” Fulmer told her.

Brownback’s office has discarded some controversial aspects of the law such as a Local Option Sales Tax. According to Fulmer, he realized the acronym for that part of the original plan was LOST, and he now realizes it is a “lost cause.”

Basically, the governor is proposing a school financing plan with four key elements:

  • Kansas will pay each district $4,492 in Base Aid per pupil. A change from the current system is that this base aid will not be modified depending on factors such as whether students have special needs or reside in areas where cost of living is higher.
  • Each district will pay a set amount of property taxes revenue into a Property Tax Equalization Fund. Kansas will then redistribute funds based on varying budgetary needs of districts.
  • Local Effort, the amount of property tax revenue¬†districts raise locally that is over and above the amount they required for the equalization fund, remains in the district.
  • Finally, Kansas will make Supplemental Equalization Fund payments to districts that have not met their budgetary needs through base aid, the property tax equalization fund and local effort.

The KC Education Enterprise will publish more details of the governor’s school financing plan later today.

The Kansas State Board of Education is meeting this week, December 13-14, in Topeka.

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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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7 thoughts on “Kansas State Board of Education Hears Details of Governor’s School Finance Proposal

  1. And how much does Brownback intend to take away from them AFTER they have already published their budgets? This has happened each year for the past 5 years…..It’s nice to set the BSAPP, but then stick with it. Don’t take it away! I have no sense of trust with this governor.

    Posted by Janet Reynolds | December 14, 2011, 6:49 pm

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