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