School spending percentage headed for record low

Gov. Sam Brownback boasted in a commentary in Sunday’s Eagle that state spending on K-12 education has increased more than $200 million since he was elected. He omitted the fact that the increased funding went to the state pension plan and that base per-pupil funding has dropped dramatically during his tenure. School finance as a percentage of Kansas personal income also has dropped and is expected to hit its lowest level in history next year, according to John Heim, executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards. “We are spending less than our parents spent on educating us and our grandparents spent on educating them,” Heim said.