Goddard is a small district just West of Wichita. Volunteer School Board member Kevin McWhorter explains the truth about Kansas school funding. Click through for the entire op-ed but check the bit I’ve bolded.
"Cuts by the state to the Goddard district in 2012-13 alone totaled $6.9 million, or 16 percent of the district’s operating budget. Unfortunately, all school districts in Kansas have experienced significant cuts.
"To find solutions to the funding cuts imposed upon us, our school board instituted a three-pronged approach with the main objective of keeping the cuts as far away from the classroom as possible. First, we cut positions in all non-teaching areas. Second, we raised fees, an option we reluctantly imposed. Third, we very reluctantly raised local property taxes.
No single option would restore the state cuts. Sadly, the state is now taking credit for the funds we have collected from fees and additional property taxes as though they sent us those funds – more Topeka spin”