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Kansas Education Board Makes Sizeable Funding Request
07/11/2012
 

 KANSAS EDUCATION FUNDING
 
     Kan. education board makes $450M funding request
 
     TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas State Board of Education is requesting an additional $450 million in state spending on public schools for the 2014 state budget cycle.
 
     Board members voted 7-2 on Tuesday to submit the request to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature. The request covers education expenses for the 2013-14 school year.
 
     Members say they felt they had to ask legislators to increase education spending, including increasing the base state aid per pupil to $4,492, up from the $3,838 that districts now receive. The increase represents $440.1 million of the board's request.
 
     The request includes identifying other priorities, including maintaining required funding for special education and increasing money for teachers' professional development.
 
 

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