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Midyear cut in funding puts Brownback, school districts at odds over use of reserve funds

Feb 11, 2015 - The Kansas City Star

It's true. Most Kansas school districts -- though not all -- have ample financial reserves to cover for Gov. Sam Brownback's midyear cut of $28 million from elementary and secondary education.

But as Brownback suggests that schools can survive the 1.5 percent cut without harming their classrooms, school leaders are still crying foul.

Area school districts have contingency funds that generally amount to about 6 percent of their annual operating budgets. And Kansas law allows them som...