Education

Education is the #1 funding priority

Budget

According to the FY 2013 Actual spending budget, Kansas spent 50.2% of the State General Fund budget on K-12 education plus 12.6% on higher education, making Kansas the fifth highest state in the nation for per capita spending on public education.

Spending When considering local, state and federal funding, the state average dollars per pupil has increased 33% greater than the rate of inflation.

When considering local, state and federal funding, the state average dollars per pupil has increased 33% greater than the rate of inflation.

Allocation

In FY 2013, Kansas’ K-12 funding ranked fourth in the nation as a percentage of the total budget.

 

This graphic provided by the Kansas Policy Institute demonstrates how public education funding in Kansas has well exceeded the rate of inflation. Click on the graphic to get to KPI’s blog about this subject.

This graphic provided by the Kansas Policy Institute demonstrates how public education funding in Kansas has well exceeded the rate of inflation. Click on the graphic to get to KPI’s blog about this subject.

Steve supports strong education in Kansas

  • Voted for an additional $134 million of new funding for public education and over $43 million for enhanced technical education.
  • Believes funding must get into the classroom for the student where it belongs.
  • Supports alternatives such as charter schools, innovative school districts, and local control.

Dispelling funding myths

Contrary to public perception, the Kansas Legislature has increased education funding over the last decade. The legislature worked with the court and more than fulfilled concerns regarding the equitable distribution of education dollars, providing record levels of funding and enacting necessary new policies.

Now, the formula must be simplified to assure that funding gets to the classroom where it belongs. The “suitable provision for finance of the educational interests” clause in the Constitution must be clearly defined by an elected legislature and educators, not the courts.

Read more about how the latest figures dispel myths about Kansas education funding here.

Read former KASB president’s views on ed funding here.