KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

COVID economic crisis threatens Kansas school budgets

As school leaders struggle with questions over when and how students will return to classes in school buildings, they face another issue: growing uncertainly over how to budget for next year. The 2020 Legislature passed and the Governor signed an appropriations bill that increased state general fund aid to school districts by $117.5 million next (Fiscal Year 2021) over the current year. But new state revenue estimates indicate the state general fund is now facing a $653 million deficit next year - over 8 percent of approved spending. With over 50 percent of the state general fund budget going to K-12...

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Plunging revenue forecast creates challenges for state budget, school funding

State tax and fiscal experts have lowered the estimate for Kansas state general fund revenues by nearly $827 million in the current fiscal year (FY 2020), which ends June 30, and $445 million next year (FY 2021), compared to the official revenue estimates released last November. (April 20 CRE Memo) The state was expected to end the current year with an ending balance of almost $930 million, or nearly 12 percent. The new estimates would reduce the ending balance to $205.2 million, or 2.7 percent. The revised estimates for next year mean the budget approved by the Legislature in March...

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How Kansas public education is responding to the Coronavirus Crisis

It has been less than one month since Governor Laura Kelly ordered Kansas schools to cease traditional operations until the end of May, followed by local, state and federal directives for people to stay home as much as possible, and upending life as most of us know it.  The Kansas Association of School Boards has just completed a series of on-line meetings for school board members and superintendents to discuss how the current crisis is affecting students, families, and educators. Here is what we learned.  The first priority, of course, was health and safety. This meant complying with orders for social distancing and deep cleaning of facilities, but it was immediately clear it meant...

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COVID-19 economic impact could threaten state and school district budgets

As school leaders work to maintain some level of instruction and other support for children with school buildings closed until the end of May, there are growing concerns that the economic fall-out from the COVID pandemic could undermine the state budget, which provides about two-thirds of total school funding. The COVID crisis has not affected state revenues yet. State general fund receipts for March were down just 1.6 percent for the month, and revenues for the year remain about $175 million higher than projected in November. Even without the extra revenues, the budget adopted by the Kansas Legislature is projected...

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