Emerging state budget problems and how they may affect schools

Since half of Kansas’ state budget goes to education, public school advocates should take note that the emerging budget problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic will likely prompt changes in state spending.

Mark Tallman, KASB associate executive director of advocacy and communications, has produced a video and podcast that explain the budget situation and what options are available to Gov. Laura Kelly and the Legislature. Here is a link to the video and here is a link to the podcast. Tallman has also written a blog about the budget challenges facing Kansas that can be accessed here.

Gov. Kelly has said she wants to protect K-12 funding but she also has described the new projected revenue decreases as “jaw dropping.” State officials decreased the estimate of how much Kansas will receive in taxes by $1.272 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year and the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

KASB encourages education leaders to stay up-to-date on developments affecting education during this health emergency by following KASB on social media, online, KASB News Briefs and participating in KASB virtual forums. For more information, go here.

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