Education Report Shows Kansas Public Schools Under-Funded By $650M
A new report shows the amount of money Kansas legislators have authorized for school spending for the next two years that is more than $650 million below what is required by law.
Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis originally included the report as part of the State Board of Education's June meeting agenda. However, the discussion was omitted when debate on academic standards ran long.
Dennis' report shows a $650 million difference between what the state is required by law to spend on schools and what lawmakers authorized for the next two fiscal years. A district court has ordered legislators to make up the differences in spending. The Kansas Supreme Court is reviewing that order.