State BOE outlines spending plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Most of the new dollars being sought for Kansas public schools by the State Board of Education over the next two years would go toward boosting their base aid and funding for special education programs.

The board approved proposals Tuesday to phase in a $459 million increase in state funding, starting in July 2015. Base aid and special education account for $409 million.

School districts’ base state aid would rise to $4,200 per student for 2015-2016. The current figure is $3,852.

The figure would jump to $4,300 for 2016-2017.

Meanwhile, the state would cover 85 percent of the additional costs faced by schools in their special education programs for 2015-2016. The current figure is 80 percent.

For 2016-17, the figure would rise to 92 percent.

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