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Many Educators Pessimistic About Funding Plan

Kansas educators apparently see problems with a new school funding plan being considered by legislators, and a significant one is what they see as not enough new dollars.

A special state House of Representatives committee opened hearings Thursday on a bill which would create a new per-student formula for distributing aid to the state’s 286 school districts.

Republican legislators scrapped a per-student formula in 2015 in favor of what was seen as more stable “block grants” for districts. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the law violates the state constitution and gave lawmakers until June 30 to enact a new funding mechanism.

Several school superintendents have said the new formula would be flawed in how it distributes money for various programs. Educators also question whether its $75 million increase in annual aid would be enough.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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