While some school districts and special interests claim state aid to schools is declining this year, KSDE Deputy Commissioner for Finance Dale Dennis confirms that state aid to schools is increasing.
KSDE published spreadsheets comparing block grant equivalent funding for the 2013-14 school year with block grant funding for this year and the next two school years. SF15-092 shows total funding last year was $3.263 billion including KPERS and $2.951 billion without KPERS. SF15-109 shows total funding this year of $3.408 billion including KPERS and $3.093 billion without. Even excluding KPERS, state aid to schools under the block grants will increase by $142 million.