School Finance and State Budget

Kansas legislators examined the impact of across the board cuts to K12 public education, under the scenario of making no changes to the 2012 tax policy. Schools would be required to cut $219 million this school year, and more going into next year.

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About a third of the 2015-2016 Kansas legislature were not re-elected to this 2017 session. Kansans parents ask that this new body of legislators, particularly those returning supporters of public education, to push for transparency and to draw upon the school finance work done by Kansas communities despite legislative directives these past few years.

In May of 2012, the Kansas PTA Advocacy team of Debbie Lawson and Mary Sinclair, wrote a piece on the 2012 Kansas Tax Cuts, the expected results of these cuts, and which of the Kansas House and Senate Legislators voted for and against the bill. In the PTA Vote Count that they produced, they talked about how damaging it would be to the Kansas economy and to the education of our students. They pointed out that it did not align with the Kansas PTA Legislative Platform that is voted on each year by our convention body.

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.