How Kansas Budget Cuts Will Affect School Aid Programs

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How the budget impacts school aid programs:

FY12 Base Budgets:
$3,780
$232 or 5.8 percent lower than FY11
$620 or 14 percent below benchmark year of FY09
The drop is mostly due to the expiration of federal stimulus funds the state had not replaced.

FY12 Total General Fund Per Pupil:
$6,474
$803 or 11 percent lower than FY09
Includes pupil weights and state special education aid.
The general fund is the major operating fund for school districts.
Total general fund budgets per pupil have been reduced by $170 million since FY09, and will be reduced another $108.4 million for FY11.

Special Education Funding:
The Legislature added $21.2 million this year (FY11) for state special education aid and an additional $60 million, recommended by the Governor, for special education next year. This meets the federal maintenance of effort requirements and keeps the state from losing millions in federal special education aid.

Districts will lose $55 million in federal special education funding when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires next year.
Next year’s state appropriation will fund only 89 percent of the estimated excess cost of special education services because costs continue to rise. This is $18 million less than the 92 percent promised by the Legislature.

MentorProgram and National Board Certification:
Cut Mentor Teacher program ($1.5 million): This was passed by the Legislature several years ago and has been shown to help retain new teachers. This also eliminates funding for teachers receiving National Board Certification.

Communities in Schools Program:
Cut Communities in Schools program ($35,000): The program coordinates research-based efforts to improve graduation rates.
50 percent reduction in After-School Programs: This cut impacts state funding for after-school programs and middle school after-school programs by 50 percent, to $187,500 and $125,000, respectively.

Ag-in-the-Classroom Cut Agriculture in the Classroom:
This program, one of the oldest grant programs, is eliminated. ($35,000).

KAN-ED Technology Network:
Reduced Kansas Universal Service Fund for the Kan-ed funding: Kan-ed, administered under the Kansas Board of Regents, was reduced from $10 million to $6 million. Kan-ed provides internet connectivity and technology support for public and private schools, colleges and universities, libraries and hospitals. The Legislature is requesting an interim study and a Legislative Post Audit review of Kan-ed.

Early Childhood Education:
Early Education Program Changes: These programs are funded through Children’s Initiatives Fund revenues, which are derived from the state tobacco settlement. The budget transfers $6.7 million from the State General Fund to help make up part of the shortfall.
Early Childhood Block Grants: Increased from $10 million to $10.6 million.

Autism Block Grant: Cut from $50,000 to $48,170.
Early Head Start: Cut from $3.5 million to $66,584.
Parent as Teachers: Cut from $7.4 million to $7.2 million.
Pre-K Pilot: Cut from $4.9 million to $4.8 million.
New Reading Program: “Reading Roadmap,” proposed by the Governor, was funded at $933,137.

KansasPublic Employees Retirement System:
State employer contributions for the school group under the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System will increase by $36.4 million next year to $319.8 million.

That is nearly double the KPERS contribution rate made just six years ago in 2006. This is a significant cost to the state for an important program and shows as funding for public education. However, school districts cannot use these funds for current costs, such as maintaining staff or programs.


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