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Old August 28th, 2015, 02:32 PM   #11
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Greetings. Where in Kansas are you? I am in Lenexa.
We're in the Manhattan/JC/Ft. Riley area.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 02:36 PM   #12
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My... a lot of assumptions going on here. You know what they say about assumptions.
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Since you bring up the governor, I was curious if you are a teacher, and what is the general consensus on the cuts to education there?
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Old August 28th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #13
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I'm not a teacher, but I do work in public education as a web developer. I also studied education in college and still have a few friends who teach all over the state, and elsewhere. Here's what I know about it so far...

As you might imagine, they are generally pretty furious about the cuts, if not just the changes to the formulas that determine how funding is distributed.

Brownback claims there have been no cuts, and that school funding is continuing to increase. What has decreased is not the funding amount, but the rate of increase. School financial planners got caught gambling with their budgets and using "presumed" increases in funding to budget to. So if they don't get as much of an increase, they refer to the difference between these amounts as "a cut". There is probably some truth to this.

Some of my friends teaching in the public schools say, no, these are real funding "cuts". That is, actual reductions in the dollar amounts in their teaching budgets. The contradiction may be partly because of how Brownback has changed the funding formula.

This formula change is another sore spot with school officials and teachers. The state scrapped the funding formula that was calculated on a per-student basis, and now allocates specific dollar amounts to cover specific operational costs, including what goes to the classrooms. For one thing, this leaves school districts less able to adapt to drastic changes in enrollment or other changes.

The gov says the new formula makes funding more flexible and gets more dollars into the classroom. How school funding is distributed is a very complex issue, so I could be all wet, but this does not seem to be true.

It allocates certain amounts to non-classroom costs, such as building maintenance and teachers' retirement contributions, and the amount of funding actually going to the classroom is determined at the state level, rather than by the school districts. So even if a school district received an increase in overall funding, the allocation, in some districts, resulted in a decrease in funding that went to classrooms. I believe schools now have less freedom to choose how to budget their funds, and that in itself has been disruptive.
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50-50 between Donald and Hillary Clinton in Kansas election.

You support Clinton because you Democrat????
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Greetings from Ohio and Kansas is a long State and over 400 miles from end to end. My boss in Georgia was from Kansas and an honorable and respectful man. My Nebraska friend said Nebraska ain't worth shit.
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