A Little Background:
School finance is yet to be finalized by the legislature. The Senate has passed Senate Bill 142 that tracks closely the Governor’s request for an inflation adjustment of $92 million that should satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court concern over constitutionality. This bill is in addition to the base funding as passed last year. The House K-12 Education Committee voted down SB 142 and passed its own version – Sub. for HB 2395 – that adds similar funding for 2019 and 2020 but leaves funding for the other years to future legislators.
House Sub. for SB 16 – has new policy programs that give vouchers to private schools and require mandates without funding. The bill will now move to the House floor for a spirited debate while the time for a court-ordered response to the Kansas Supreme Court by April 15 grows shorter.
Our public schools need SB 142 – Gov. Kelly’s funding school funding plan to be debated on the House floor.
Kansas Democratic Platform Seeks to Support Public Education
Education is a core value of Kansans; therefore, investing in public education at all levels has been, and always will be, a top priority of Kansas Democrats. The success of our children and our communities depends on quality schools with educators who have successfully completed teacher education programs and are licensed through the Kansas Department of Education. A quality education depends on attracting and retaining quality teachers. The success of our economy depends on a well-educated and well-trained workforce.
Therefore, Kansas Democrats support full funding for public education as required by the Kansas Constitution; an end to tax breaks for corporations that fund scholarship money that goes to private schools; and reinstating due process for public school teachers.
Prosperity and job creation in the 21st century depend on funding quality public schools, vocational training, community colleges and universities in Kansas. There is no higher priority for our tax dollars, and there is no greater commitment for Kansas Democrats.