Mast: In response to SB 7

By State Rep. Peggy Mast, 76th District

With lots of concerns over the budget, education funding was considered promptly on the
House floor this week. The new block grant proposal holds schools harmless and adds more
money into the classrooms, as well as funds a higher percentage of the KPERS liability. The
total additional dollar amount appropriated to schools in FY 2015-2016 is over $80,000,000.
Without passage of SB 7, we would have had to work the education funding along with the
mega budget bill at the end of session. Thus, allowing a decrease in school funding due to the
Governor’s allotments.

The action on K-12 expenditures once again proves it to be the top funding priority for the state
of Kansas. The benefit of the temporary grant proposal until a new formula is written is the
flexibility it gives to local schools, assurance of equal opportunity to all students in the future.

This was not an easy task to accomplish, but let us now hope we can protect the other
individuals with needs in the state of Kansas and maintain critical services to all.

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