KASB analysis shows how new school funding could be used to improve student successAustin Harris
As legislators debate a new school finance formula, KASB has provided an analysis of how increased funding could be used to improve student success.
Because funding in recent years has fallen behind inflation, an increase in funding could be used to increase teacher salaries, expand programs and hire people to make up for reductions of staff during lean budget years.
For example, an inflationary adjustment for teacher salaries from 2009 (when school funding was cut) through 2016, would cost approximately $127 million. Restoring non-certified positions reduced since 2009 would cost $35 million.
Doubling pre-kindergarten teachers to double pre-K enrollment would cost $32.2 million and increasing the number of school counselors and social worker positions by 50 percent would cost $41.6 million.
Providing services to all students below grade level in reading or math, such as the Reading Roadmap that has been promoted by Gov. Sam Brownback, would cost $115.7 million.
The analysis also shows that between 1990 and 2009, total expenditures per pupil increased more than inflation and during that time educational outcomes increased.