Counting all the Money

The complexity of the school finance system leaves legislators, school leaders and the public confused and frustrated. While school leaders point to budget cuts and a decline in state support for education, others say school funding is at an all-time high and state aid has increased $375 million since Governor Sam Brownback took office. Can both be true - a cut and an increase? The answer is yes, but you have to count all the money. 

The data used in this report compares funding levels in 2009 (the “high water mark” of school finance before the Great Recession) with funding levels in 2011, the first budget of the Brownback administration, data from Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 as approved by the Legislature, and the Governor’s recommended changes. The data also includes estimates using numbers from the Kansas Division of the Budget and the consensus revenue estimating group.

To review a step-by-step analysis of all calculations, please go to the Tallman Education Report: Counting All the Money.,,,
Budget Building Blocks

Overview


A frequent theme of Legislative leadership is a desire to “count all the money” spent on schools. But the complexity of the school finance system leaves legislators, school leaders and the public confused and frustrated. 

Think of school funding in terms of seven “building blocks.” The total of these seven areas equals total school district expenditures. Funding is adjusted most every year in these seven areas. 

KASB calculated the net impact of all adjustments from FY 09 through the anticipated expenditures in FY 15. The red and green arrows indicate what has happened overall to funding in each of these seven areas. It is only when you look at all the funding – counting all the money – that you get a true picture of what is happening with K-12 education funding in Kansas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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