Kansas Education Shocker, Not Shocker Alert!
A school district in Kansas will be seeking emergency funding. The kids have barely stepped off the yellow bus and assembled in their new classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year and already there are funding problems.
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools have announced that they are going to have to seek emergency funding from the state.
Not enough summer fun can make us all forget the Kansas budget woes and school funding problems facing the state this year and now it’s slapping us in the face like the smell of cafeteria mystery meat.
KCK Public Schools need $2.7 million dollars to pay for new teachers to cover an increasing student head count.
They will have to apply to the “Extraordinary Need Fund.”
Love the name, but what is the “Extraordinary Need Fund” you might be asking?
The extraordinary needs fund is a pool of revenue that’s distributed to school districts that are dealing with “unusual or extraordinary circumstances.” http://www.kshb.com/news/region-kansas/kck/kck-school-district-to-apply-for-emergency-funding-from-kansas
I’m not sure if any of these circumstances facing our schools in Kansas can be classified anymore as “unusual or extraordinary”. We are so used to this with the ongoing school funding debate, education cuts and the budget crisis in our state, that they should just change the name of this fund to “NEED NOW FUND” to more accurately reflect the state of affairs of our Kansas public schools.
The districts in need have to apply for this special funding. I suggest just writing the word “duh” all over the application and the person processing the application should just know why the schools need the funding, but I’m not running this show. Some reasons the districts can qualify for additional funds are:
- An unexpected boost in enrollment
- A significant reduction in assessed valuation
- Reduction in revenue from the school district
- Unforeseen circumstances which impact the general fund budget
Districts a little advice- just circle that last bullet. It summarizes our politicians in Topeka that have us in this mess in the first place.