"It is important for school leaders, parents, patrons and state officials to understand the impact of the downward spiral in education funding," John Heim, executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards, said in a statement. "There is no way to avoid the fact this budget will damage the programs that have helped more students reach higher levels of achievement, and create the need for significant reductions in staff." He noted that the base per-pupil funding next year will drop to $3,780, the lowest level in 10 years and a 14 percent decrease from four years ago. Including additional aid for special education, at-risk students, bilingual instruction and other "weightings," general operating funding will be 11 percent lower than four years ago.
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