TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Just days after the start of the 2013 Kansas budget year, State Board of Education members are preparing to discuss spending needs for 2014.
Staff presented the 10-member board with a list of budget ideas during its June meeting, including increases in base state aid per student, enhanced support systems and funding for teacher development.
Lobbyists for the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas National Education Association sent letters to the board members encouraging them to ask for additional funds. The groups say the money is necessary to be proactive in meeting student needs.
Decisions made at the July 10 board meeting will be forwarded in the fall to Gov. Sam Brownback's administration for inclusion in the 2014 budget request that will be presented to legislators in January.