GOP Insists Schools Can Take Budget Cuts

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Republican leaders say public school funding
can be cut without hurting classroom instruction.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal and other Republicans argue that funding cuts can be made on the noninstructional side. O'Neal said from about 60 percent to 65 percent of school budgets are ``instructional dollars.''

But Kansas Association of School Boards lobbyist Mark Tallman
said what constitutes instructional funding and noninstructional
funding often is up for debate. He said that under the federal
government's definition, instructional funding includes salaries
for teachers and paraprofessionals, instructional supplies and
extracurricular activities.


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