TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) State budget cuts have led to fewer teachers in Kansas schools, but student enrollment continues to increase.
The Lawrence Journal World reports that state budget cuts to public schools have resulted in fewer teachers and more crowded classrooms.
The Kansas Department of Education says the total number of teacher positions statewide in the current school year is 34,075. That’s down 256 from last year, and down 1,363 since the 2008-09 school year.
But student enrollment is up from more than 473,000 in 2008-09 to nearly 483,000 in the current school year. That’s an increase of about 9,700 students.