New Budget in Place

There’s a new bill for funding schools. But will it last? School funding bill signed by governor

By JIM SULLINGER The Star’’s Topeka correspondent TOPEKA – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday signed into law the largest increase in state education aid in Kansas history, but the bill still faces scrutiny from the state Supreme Court.

Here’s where some of the extra $466 million (over 3 years) will go:

During the first year of the three-year plan, nine school districts with high concentrations of low-income students will receive an additional $564 per student, compared with the state average of $354. Those districts are Kansas City, Kan., Turner, Leavenworth, Topeka, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Hutchinson and Coffeyville. By contrast, the six school districts in more affluent Johnson County will see an average increase of $221 per student. All members of the Johnson County legislative delegation voted against the plan.

Those interested in policy details will want to know that the bill points out the bill has created a new term to the funding lexicon: high density at-risk.

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