2016 marked the third consecutive year that school funding set a new record without counting KPERS retirement spending, at $12,458 per-pupil. That amount is 40 percent more than if non-KPERS funding adjusted for inflation over the course of the old school funding system. For perspective, non-KPERS funding would have been $1.65 billion less last year if it had just been increased for inflation.
Total funding including KPERS was $13,025 and would have set a record if the Legislature hadn’t deferred the final KPERS payment. The Department of Education estimates that total funding for 2017 school year will be $13,145 per-pupil.