State hopes more money can boost achievement in Kansas schools

TOPKEA, Kan. - Kansas schools want more money at a time they are seeing achievement drop in some subjects.

Kansas Statewide Assessments show a decrease in proficiency in reading by 1.9 percent and math by 1 percent. That's the first drop in reading and math scores in 11 years.

The Kansas State Board of Education wants to keep the slide from becoming a trend. It has requested more money for "per pupil" funding.

School districts currently receive $3,838 per student. The board of education wants an additional $450 million in funding by next school year, for a total of $4,492 per student.

Along with the request for more funds, Gov. Sam Brownback has formed a new task force to help school districts manage their money and put state aid to use in the classroom.

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