Kansas school districts might have to cut their budgets for the current year as state revenues slowly recover.
Kansas education officials say more funds are needed to cover increasing numbers of students, and more of those students need assistance because of the economy. State revenues are improving in part because of a new 1 cent increase in the state sales tax. However the improvement is not enough to keep up with increasing expenses. A projected deficit of as much as $500 million could result in a $300 drop in aid per student for schools, forcing staff reductions.