Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wyandotte County school districts to lose $1.9 million in funding


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The four Wyandotte County public school districts will lose nearly $1.9 million in funding after Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced new cuts to education on Thursday.

Brownback announced the state would reduce aid to public schools by about $28 million.

“I am calling on the legislature to reform equalization factors in the current school finance formula over the next 30 days to stall the increase of $54 million in Local Option Budget State Aid and Capital Outlay State Aid spending that was not appropriated by the Legislature in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget bill,” Brownback said in a press release. “By reforming the equalization factors, the legislature could, and should, restore the 1.5 percent allotment.”

As a result of the cut, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools District is one of the biggest losers.

The district will lose just over $1.4 million in funding.

The Turner School District will lose over $252,000 in state aid; the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District will lose out on $143,315 in funding and Piper loses out on over $96,000.