Kansas would have to phase in another $364 million increase in public school funding over five years to comply with a recent Kansas Supreme Court order. That's according to calculations presented to the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday by Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis. Under Dennis' calculation, the total increase would exceed $900 million.
The court ruled last month that a new law phasing in a $548 million increase in school funding over five years isn't adequate under the state constitution but gave legislators until next spring to fix it.
The court said the new law should have provided additional funds to cover inflation and noted that the average rate was 1.44 percent from the 2010-11 school year through 2016-17. Dennis used that average in his calculations.