Lawmakers like part of school study that called for cut

budgetcutKansas House and Senate GOP school-finance plans propose reducing state transportation funding to school districts. The change, which would cost USD 259 more than $1.2 million, is based on a 2006 Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit study that found a “mathematical error” in the formula for calculating transportation funding. Jeff Zehnder, communications director at the Seaman school district in Topeka, noted the contradiction of lawmakers latching onto this cut while still ignoring the primary finding of that study – that schools are significantly underfunded. “Legislators have said for years that their own studies were wrong when results showed schools received less than it takes to educate a child,” Zehnder told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “How can it now be that an exhaustive study calling for an overall increase in funding for kids is still wrong, but the one line item in that study calling for a small cut is correct?”