Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is inviting comment on the development of a new K-12 school funding formula in Kansas. The governor has asked Kansans to submit their comments by Nov. 30 to StudentsFirst@ks.gov.
USD 385 is one of the best districts in the state, consistently ranking at the top in student performance in the classroom, on the stage and on the playing field. Maintaining that level of excellence is dependent on future funding from the State of Kansas. This is an important opportunity for you to voice your recommendations for Kansas’ K-12 education and to be a part of the funding solution.We value your input and want to make sure your feedback is passed on to the governor. Because of our success, Andover has a powerful voice.
The results from the survey will be shared with the governor and leaders of three state education organizations: Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Association of School Boards and United School Administrators of Kansas. We hope that you will choose to participate in this important work for Kansas schools. Click here to complete the survey and give your input on the future of Kansas education funding.
WHAT WE KNOW
In 2015 the Kansas Legislature voted to repeal the 1992 school finance formula, citing its complexity and unpredictability. In its place, the Legislature instituted a block grant funding system. This system froze funding for two years while a new funding formula could be developed. This block grant system will expire in 2017.
Nov. 30, 2016: Deadline to submit K-12 funding system input to Gov. Brownback through StudentsFirst@ks.gov
KANSAS LEADS THE WORLD IN THE SUCCESS OF EACH STUDENT
In October 2015, based on input from Kansans across the state, the Kansas State Board of Education announced its new vision for Kansas education: To lead the world in the success of each student. This vision calls for a review of the current education system to ensure it is addressing the needs of the whole child in every aspect of life.
In order to measure the state’s progress toward achieving this vision, the board is asking schools to focus on five outcome measures:
From its discussions with the citizens of Kansas about what they want in their state education system, the board adopted this definition of a successful high school graduate:
A successful Kansas high school graduate has the
to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry-recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.