Status of School Finance Bill

This document provides KASB’s policy positions on school funding (first column), the bill as approved by the House (second column), explanation of the Senate substitute bill as recommended by the Senate committee (third column), and KASB’s comments or concerns in the fourth column.

A new report released today by the Kansas Association of School Boards shows that Kansas school districts have added almost 4,000 teaching positions since 1998, an increase of nearly 13 percent, or four times the rate of student growth. Over the same period, districts have reduced the number of superintendents by nearly 7 percent and principals by 6 percent.That has allowed districts to reduce class size and add teachers for special education, kindergarten and early childhood programs, and other special services.