Abrams School Bill Ties Money to Student Performance AFTER High School
March 24, 2015

(AP) – A Kansas Senate committee is considering a new education funding plan that would tie some state aid to public schools to how well students do after high school.
The Senate Education Committee had a hearing Tuesday on a plan drafted by Chairman and Arkansas City Republican Steve Abrams. He said his goal is to focus public schools on educating students so they can at least be part of the middle class.
The Legislature passed a bill this month to replace the state’s current per-student funding formula with “block grants” for school districts, but that system would be in place for only two years.
The Abrams plan would be tested on six school districts during the 2015-16 school year before being expanded to all 286 school districts over two years.

Could Kansas School District’s Get More Money from Legislature?
February 21, 2012

From the Topeka Capital Journal:
In response to concerns from school districts “held harmless” under Gov. Sam Brownback’s school finance plan, Kansas lawmaker Steve Abrams introduced an amendment Monday that gives every district a bump — a $2.17 million bump in the case of USD 501.
“I’m trying to find a mechanism so that every school district gets new, added dollars,” Abrams told his Senate Education Committee colleagues Monday.
The governor’s plan would do away with extra funding for special categories of students and redistribute the money to every school district at a standard rate of $4,492 per pupil up from the current $3,780 by the 2013-14 school year.
His office has repeatedly emphasized that no district would receive less funding under the plan and about half the state’s school districts would receive more.
But the redistribution of funding for at-risk students including those who receive free-or-reduced-price lunch, English language learners and those who test below proficiency levels meant urban districts like Topeka that have the majority of the state’s students get no new money.
Abrams proposed keeping the governor’s new formula Monday but then adding a separate “at-risk” funding pool to be distributed based on poverty for students in grades K-3 and proficiency in grades 4-12.
“Those that are not proficient, they’re the ones that definitely need the help,” Abrams said after the hearing.