State audit finds significant needs in special education
The Legislature has underfunded Kansas school districts for special education costs by upwards of $361 million under a recommended staffing level, according to an audit released in late December. But it is unlikely school districts could find enough teachers to fill those positions in the short term, according to the report.
The audit has been reviewed and accepted by the Legislative Post Audit Committee.
Because of budget difficulties, since 2012 the Legislature has routinely provided less than the required 92 percent of the amount of a district’s “excess costs,” or special education expenditures not covered by other sources, such as federal funding or Medicaid.
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