Protesters stood outside Governor Sam Brownback's visit to Wichita State Monday. They want him to veto the education funding bill.
That bill got to the Governor's desk Monday afternoon. Hours later, the Wichita School Board got their first look at what it could mean for the district.
USD 259 Chief Financial Officer Jim Freeman says the district will gain money in some areas, but it will also lose funding because of changes to how at-risk students are counted.
When you add everything up, the bill could mean an increase of about $1.7 million to the district's budget.
Still some teachers still hope the governor vetoes the bill.
Brownback was in town to tour Wichita State and tout new state funding for higher education.
Outside, protesters held signs urging him to veto the K-12 funding bill because of its policy change on due process.
"We have had that for 50 years, and now it is going to be gone if he signs this bill," said teacher Pam Taverner. "We want him to veto it."
Due process gives teachers a hearing before they can be fired. The new bill removes those rights on the state level.
"A local school district can go ahead with a tenure policy if they decide to do that, it is the state mandate that is gone," Brownback said.
Brownback knows more money must be put into schools to meet a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling.
"That is no small task, $150 million more in state funding in K-12 when you have been in the fiscal situation we have has been challenging," Brownback added. "But we are in a position to be able to do it."
The Governor still doesn't know if this bill will meet the court requirements.
But Freeman told the School board Monday that the new funding from this bill won't go far.
"We know we are going to have utility cost increases, everybody does," Freeman said. "We are going to have transportation cost increases, we are going to have property insurance increases. We know that that is going to happen."
Again, Wichita Public Schools should get about $1.7 million in new funding from the bill. That is less than one percent of the district's overall budget.
Brownback has a ten day deadline to take action on the education funding bill, but he said Monday that he will not need that long to make a decision.
Right now lawmakers are on break. They will return to Topeka on April 30th to finish up the session.