Monday, November 18, 2019

The Department of Education estimations Kansas school spending increases by $387.5 million this year and set a new per-pupil record regarding $13,647.? Total spending of $6.472 b is also a new record.? A estimate was emailed to Kansas Policy Institute by way of KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis this morning.

State aid will go by $316 million this year; KSDE says roughly $195 million is thanks to funding added in the new blueprint and a $121 million increase in KPERS monthly pension funding.? Federal aid is expected to increase by $3 zillion but local revenue, several of which is property taxes, boosts by about $69 million.

Per-pupil spending would be even higher or even for a somewhat artificial, one-time increasing amount of full time equivalent enrollment in connection with funding for full morning kindergarten.? Most school districts provided full day school in the past but students were being counted as only half-time simply because funding was only provided for some sort of half-day; districts used other funds (or a few charged education costs) to make up the difference.? The newest formula provides funding for the full day of kindergarten and so students now count mainly because full time instead of half time, as well as the Department of Education claims this change added about 16,600 students to the FTE calculate.? Otherwise, enrollment is expected to decline by about 1,1000 students.

If full-time equivalent enrollment hadn’big t increased due to the change in including kindergarten students, per-pupil spending would certainly exceed $14,000 this year.

Even though Kansas school spending is constantly set records, the Iowa Supreme Court is threatening to seal schools if the Legislature doesn’t suitable upwards of $1 billion more each year.

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