Kansas' State Board of Education will open discussions next week about pushing for more state funding for public schools.
The agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes reviewing proposals for increased state aid, more money for professional development, and for school lunch programs in the next fiscal year. One proposal would raise the state's base aid to school districts by $640 per student, almost 17 percent. The current figure for the next fiscal year is $3,852 per student.
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.
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