Despite the claims that schools have made drastic cuts, evidence shows that USD 259, the Wichita public school district, has been able to maintain student-employee ratios.
During the years of rapid increases in school spending, the ratio of students to teachers and students to employees both fell. Both reached their lowest levels in 2009 — lowest meaning a high number of teachers and employees as compared to students.
In 2009, the ratio of students per teacher was 12.9, having declined from 14.6 in 2005. For 2011 the ratio increased slightly to 13.1.
Also in 2009, the ratio of students per employee was 7.0, having declined from 8.0 in 2005. For 2011 this ratio is 7.2.
These only very slight increases in the ratio of students to teachers and other employees shows that the Wichita school district has been able to maintain employment ratios — despite the claims of large budget cuts and other proclamations of doom.