We recently retrieved this information about Kansas School for the Deaf and thought it is worth sharing with you:
“Hi all, I am passing on information that helped clarify the issues for me and hopefully will do the same for you.
Gene Neely of the KNEA offered the following tips for corresponding to the legislators:
-Focus on protecting KSD from further budget cuts, how past cuts have reduced resources for the students and that we hope for no additional cuts in the future.
-Comments on the sales tax issue or the state general fund don’t help with the real issue, which is protecting KSD funding. Mentioning the sales tax issue may distract anti-tax legislatures to fixating on the tax issue rather than KSD funding issue.
-Ask the legislator to oppose any cuts to KSD.
-Thank the legislator who supports KSD and returns funding to previous levels.
Remember the supportive legislators and the opposing legislators in the 2014 elections.
Sue Gamble, KSD Information Officer, provided the following clarification on how KSD is funded.
KSD is funded by the SGF. SGF stands for State General Fund which is from three major sources: Income Tax, Sales Tax, and Property Tax. Most state agencies and services funding comes from the SGF.
Local school districts follow a formula to get state funding. KSD is not part of a formula. KSD is directly funded by the SGF. Many legislators incorrectly think KSD is like the public schools, funded by a formula.
Therefore, if the SGF has less money, the KSD budget will be reduced. Several representatives support reducing money to the SGF by not extending the current sales tax. Reduced revenue=less money to fund KSD.
In summary, we need to continue writing our Legislators to ask them to protect funding for KSD, regardless of where the funds originate, to continue serving Kansas’ deaf and hard of hearing students. “