KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

What does the new school finance law mean for school budgets next year?

(Updated April 30 to include new inflation estimates.) Total state aid to school districts will increase by $173 million next year, or 5.3% over the current year under the bill signed by Governor Brownback last week.  However, school operating budgets - the funds available for "classroom" costs such as teacher salaries, staff positions and utilities but exclude pension payments and capital expenditures - are expected to increase 1.5%, and just 1.3% on the per pupil basis. That means the regular operating funding per pupil will increase, but probably not as much as the rate of which inflation, was projected to...

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What do higher state revenue estimates really mean?

Yesterday, a group of state budget and tax experts and university economists released the official consensus revenue estimates for the current budget year ending June 30, 2014 (Fiscal Year 2014) and next year (FY 2015). The new April estimates update projections made last November.  The report says receipts to the state general fund will be $105.6 million more in the current year and $74.3 million more next year than projected in November, or an average of about 1.5 percent per year.  However, that simply means that revenues will be 1.5 percent per year higher than previously expected - not...

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