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.
The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million dollars from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina.
The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million dollars in cuts.
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says the Kansas is replacing some of the nation's strongest science standards for public schools with weaker, multi-state guidelines. The education think tank released its findings today.
Educators from 26 states, plus the National Research Council, worked together to develop the new standards. The Kansas Board of Education voted to adopt just this week.
Kansas education officials are asking the state's attorney general for guidance about how to implement a new law about "innovative" schools.
Brad Neuenswander, the Deputy Commissioner for the state Department of Education, told the State Board of Education Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law that creates a coalition of so-called "innovative districts."