Kansas governor signs bill to fully fund K-12 education

Educators express concerns with funding for special education in Kansas.
Educators express concerns with funding for special education in Kansas.(KWCH)
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 2:49 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) - Gov. Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2567 on Monday, which fully funds K-12 education for the fourth consecutive year and guarantees funding through the 2024 fiscal year.

“I am pleased to be able to uphold my commitment to fully fund our public schools,” the governor said. “Providing schools with the funding and resources they need will create lifelong learners, which are the foundation of our state’s strong workforce and future economic growth.”

In addition to fully funding education in Kansas, HB 2567 enacts the Governor’s Budget Recommendations for the Department of Education and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. HB 2567 also includes:

  • $520.4 million for Special Education Services Aid
  • $199.6 million to eliminate the Delayed School Payment
  • $20.7 million in Children’s Initiative Fund grants
  • $10.5 million for Mental Health Intervention Teams, which help eliminate barriers for students in need of care
  • $8.4 million for the Parents as Teacher program
  • $5 million for school safety and security grants
  • $4.1 million for the Pre-K Pilot Program
  • $4 million for a virtual math program
  • $1.8 million for teacher professional development aid
  • $1.5 million for student transportation to career and technical education opportunities
  • $1.4 million for Early Childhood Infrastructure
  • $1.3 million for the Mentor Teacher Program
  • $1 million for Computer Science Education Advancement Grants
  • $500,000 for the statewide expansion of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • $40,000 for a new career and technical education credentialing pilot program
  • Full funding for all-day Kindergarten

HB 2567 enables school districts with many military students to keep federal funding. It also improves how students at Kansas community and technical colleges receive financial aid.

Governor Kelly is now calling on the legislature to further review a provision requiring school districts to set policies allowing enrollment of out-of-district students.

“Before taking effect during the 2024-2025 school year, the Legislature must work with educators and administrators to make the necessary modifications to ensure that elected school board members maintain local control,” said Gov. Kelly.

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