An independent consultant told Kansas lawmakers Friday the state would need to increase school funding from $500 million to $2.1 billion over the next five years.
Texas A&M University professor Lori Taylor presented the results of a study that looked at spending needs for K-12 education in the state. The study was initiated after the Kansas Supreme Court found the state did not provide adequate and equitable funding.
Taylor’s study considered enrollment numbers, regional economies and student demographics and found that the state would need to increase funding by a minimum of $500 million over the next five years. Two other scenarios suggested if the state wanted to reach 90 percent proficiency in math and reading, the increase would need to be around $1.8 billion, and to meet college-ready goals, the increase would need to be $2.1 billion.
Taylor was paid $285,000 to conduct the study. Kansas lawmakers increased funding last year by $300 million but the Supreme Court ruled that was not enough.
Watch for more information in the coming weeks about how the increase would affect area school districts.