Kansas officials ponder application of standards in school funding

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard recently for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools.

But it has left some education officials in the state curious about how the new standard will actually work in deciding how much money schools should get.

Previously, the court had said funding has to be sufficient to cover the “actual cost” of providing all the educational services required of public schools. But in its ruling March 7, the court made a dramatic change, saying funding needs to be sufficient to produce the educational outcomes that Kansas, and many other states, expect.

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