KBOE Proposes $459M Budget Increase
The Kansas State Board of Education is proposing a $459 million increase in state spending on public schools, though the board’s approval Tuesday of budget recommendations was mostly a symbolic statement of support for education.
The board’s proposals would phase in over two years an increase of about 13 percent in aid to public schools beginning in July 2015, but funding the full amount would require the state to reconsider personal income tax cuts enacted by Governor Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers.
Several board members said they see advocating for schools as their duty.
About 89% of the new dollars being sought would go to boost base state aid and funding for special education programs.