Budget Problems Could Cause Fundamental Changes In Education

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, March 1, 2010

A new education department survey finds that the state's budget problems are prompting school districts to make cuts that could fundamentally change Kansas schools.

The survey by the Kansas State Department of Education says a $187 million drop in state aid next school year will mean larger classes, fewer teachers and fewer extracurricular activities next fall.

Some schools have already decided to reduce the school week to four days, and other districts are considering it.

Mark Tallman, of the Kansas Association of School Boards, says the shortened school week is getting more attention because it has been somewhat successful in about a dozen Kansas districts.

Districts on four-day weeks mostly save on salaries for bus drivers and custodians, and lower transportation costs and utility bills.

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