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Kansas School Funding Survey

Kansas School Funding Survey

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Published by Bob Weeks
Results of a study examining the knowledge of Kansans regarding public school funding. Commissioned by the Kansas Policy Institute in 2010.
Results of a study examining the knowledge of Kansans regarding public school funding. Commissioned by the Kansas Policy Institute in 2010.

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MANAGERIAL SUMMARYThe funding of public schools in the State of Kansas has been the subject of muchdiscussion in recent months. The purpose of this survey is to establish a baseline ofpublic perceptions regarding this funding issue. Throughout the survey, the phrase K-12will be used to refer to Kansas public schools Kindergarten through 12
th
grade (HighSchool).
1. Public School funding (K-12 schools only) makes up what percentage of the overallbudget of the State of Kansas?
(Responses were categorized)
 
K-12 Percentage of StateBudgetPercent RespondingN=600
Less than 25%
16
25-40%
14
41-50%
5
51-75%
(Correct Answer)
 10
Over 75%
2
Don’t know
54
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Fifty four (54%)
percent 
of the respondents indicated they did not know” whatpercentage public school finding made up of the overall budget for the State of Kansas.
Sixteen (16%)
percent 
thought public school funding accounted for less than
25%
of theoverall budget for the state of Kansas.
Thirty five (35%)
percent 
of respondents thoughtpublic school (K-12) funding made up less than 50%of the budget for the State of Kansas. Only
twelve (12%)
percent 
believed that funding for public schools accounted for more than 50%of the budget. The
actual
percentage of the State budget dedicated to K-12 education is
53%.
 Of the 157 respondents with children currently attending K-12 public schools in Kansas,
43%
believed the overall funding for Kansas K-12 public schools made up 50%or less of thebudget for the state of Kansas. This compares to the results of the total sample surveyedwhere
35%
believed the overall funding for Kansas K-12 public schools made up 50%or less ofthe budget for the state of Kansas. Only
8%
of respondents with children in the K-12 Kansaspublic school system gave the correct answer of better than 50%.The Research Partnership, Inc. Page 2
 
2. Which of the following are funding sources for Kansas public schools K-12?
(Response categories were read)
Percent RespondingN=600
Funding Sources
 
YES NODON’T KNOW(did not read)a.
Local property taxes
90 7 4b.
State of Kansas
93 3 4c.
U. S. Federal Government
75 17 8
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YesNoDon't Know
Response Categories
Funding Sources
Local property taxesState of KansasU. S. Federal Government
 
The majority of the respondents knew that local property taxes, the State of Kansas andthe U.S. Federal Government were all sources of funding for the Kansas public school (K-12)system. Of the three revenue sources, significantly fewer respondents were aware that theU.S. Federal Government was a source of funding for Kansass public schools.
Seventeen (17%)
 percent of the respondents believed that the U.S. Federal Government was
not
a source of localschool funding.The answers given for Local Property Tax and the State of Kansas as funding sourceswere consistent from the overall survey respondents and those with children currentlyattending K-12 Kansas public school. However,
81%
of respondents with kids in the schoolsystem knew the U.S. Federal Government was also a source of funding compared to
75%
ofthe overall survey responses.

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