School Finance and Budgeting Workshop coming Nov. 15 at KASB 

KASB members are invited to a day of learning and discussion on Friday, Nov. 15 where we will take an indepth look at the future of school finance, and how schools can budget and plan for the success of our students.   

For a complete schedule and to register for the workshop follow this link.

With the Kansas Supreme Court accepting the State’s proposed school finance plan as a remedy to the Gannon case, we are now half-way through a phasedin plan to fund K-12 education in Kansas to an adequate level. Completing the phasein of additional funding over the next three years will require a stable revenue stream and continued commitment from the Legislature. The KASB School Finance and Budgeting Workshop will give attendees a better understanding of where things are at now and what might impact the situation in the future. 

The day will begin with a presentation from Chris Courtwright, Principal Economist with Kansas Legislative Research Department, as he walks us through the most recent Consensus Revenue Estimate for Kansas and outlines what the revenue picture looks like for the upcoming legislative session. 

We will then have a chance to hear from Janis Lee and Steve Morris, Co-Chairs of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, as they discuss with council member and KASB President Shannon Kimball about the process they are undertaking and where deliberations might go. We will wrap up the morning with a discussion on possible issues that need to be examined with the current finance formula that may come up during the legislative session. 

The afternoon changes our focus to the budgeting discussion as the Kansas State Department of Education’s Dale Dennis and Craig Neuenswander review where “all of the new money” is being invested and how schools can plan budgets for the future increases. The workshop will wrap up with KASB’s Mark Tallman, Associate Executive Director for Advocacy and Communication, looking at the long-term stability of the current plan and how education leaders can work to support a stable future for school funding in Kansas. 

 

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