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.