My children are long past school age, but I’ve never minded paying taxes for schools - as a species the most important and significant thing we do is passing our knowledge to future generations. I certainly do not want to live anywhere near an area where ignorance is rife, and I certainly don’t want to live in a state where there are pockets of education as poor as that found in Louisiana and Texas.
The Brownback administration ploy to cut needed funding to KCK schools while also cutting taxes for wealthy Kansans is a ploy to propagate ignorance and poverty where it needs to be fought the most. KCK doesn’t have the tax base that Johnson County does and they need every bit of state support for education that got yanked away.
Brownback’s move fits hand in glove with a core GOP initiative to destroy public education. Republicans have spent decades cultivating a voting base that is opposed to public education in favor of religious education, that is opposed to science in favor of religion, and that is also opposed to any institution associated with public education.
Look at the constant attacks on the NEA, NPR, and our science standards bodies. Check out Michelle Malkin’s long history of attacks on public school teachers, check out Glenn Beck’s diatribes against common core.The GOP’s war on public education is anti-american, the finest thing we’ve done for our country and our future is to constantly extend and improve the education we provide to the generation of Americans following us.
Kansas’s highest court ruled on Friday that funding disparities between school districts violated the state’s Constitution and ordered the Legislature to bridge the gap, setting the stage for a messy budget battle in the capital this year.
With its ruling, the State Supreme Court averted, for now, a larger constitutional showdown by ordering a lower court to reconsider the most controversial part of the case — whether the public school system statewide was adequately funded. The lower court originally ordered an increase of more than $400 million in school spending, and the conservative-led majority in the Legislature had vowed to defy that order if it were upheld. Legislators said it was the job of lawmakers, not judges, to appropriate money.
Still, the unanimous court decision Friday would seem to leave some Republican lawmakers in Kansas unsettled because it orders them, by July 1, to potentially appropriate tens of millions of dollars in payments to poorer districts to make the school system more equitable. The Legislature had been withholding those constitutionally mandated payments in recent years.
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