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  • Special Education costs are 100% reimbursed, counting all the money

    Special Education costs are 100% reimbursed, counting all the money0

    School districts are hammering legislators for underfunding special education, but the Kansas Department of Education formula doesn’t seem to count all of the money.  Given credit for all funding, school districts are being reimbursed for 103.4% of total costs this year and 98.7% next year. There seem to be several issues with the formula in

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  • With $1 billion in reserve, schools don’t need a $200 million gift

    With $1 billion in reserve, schools don’t need a $200 million gift0

    Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget proposal to gift $200 million to schools this year – on top of a court-mandated $243 million increase – isn’t needed for several reasons. It’s just an election year stunt to paint opponents as being unwilling to ‘fully fund’ public education. Under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Legislature deferred about half ofREAD MORE
  • KSDE: per-pupil funding estimated at $16,216 this year

    KSDE: per-pupil funding estimated at $16,216 this year0

    The Kansas Department of Education confirmed this week that per-pupil funding is estimated to be $16,216 this year; that’s 9.2% higher than last year’s record level of $14,848.  KSDE Deputy Commissioner of Finance Craig Neuenswander confirmed the numbers in an email to KPI. Per-pupil funding from the State is estimated to be $10,967; federal aid

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