Unconstitutional by any other name is still Unconstitutional

Posted on May 11, 2015



Consortium on Education Policy & Finance

A Review of the Kansas “Block Grant” School Finance Legislation

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Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University

In this report, I present a brief review of Kansas House Substitute for Senate Bill 7, which has been labeled the “Block Grant” funding formula, adopted as a replacement to the School District Finance Act, and to be enacted through the 2016-17 fiscal year. Major features of the plan include:

  1. Calling it a “block grant;”
  2. Freezing in place prior year general fund aggregate (not per pupil) state aid through the next two fiscal years;
    1. To include a .4% across the board cut for FY2015-16 and FY2016-17 to generate “extraordinary” needs aid pool;
  3. Imposing cuts to prior year supplemental fund state aid for the next fiscal year;
  4. Imposing cuts to prior year capital outlay state aid for the next fiscal year.

Put simply, a freeze by any other name is still a freeze and a…

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