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Bill Moyers What Matters Today

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” Budgets are a reflection of priorities, and it’s worth noting that some states are taking a very different approach. This week, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed increasing spending on pre-K education by $22 billion over the state’s 2011-2012 budget.  According to the Los Angeles Times, “schools that serve low-income students and non-native English speakers will receive more money under the formula… Under Brown’s plan, LAUSD would see its per-pupil funding jump from about $7,700 per student per year to $12,750 by the end of the decade.” 

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What’s the Matter With Kansas’ Schools?

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New York Times Opinion – KANSAS, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom.

And yet in recent years Kansas has become the epicenter of a new battle over the states’ obligation to adequately fund public education. Even though the state Constitution requires that it make “suitable provision” for financing public education, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature have made draconian cuts in school spending, leading to a lawsuit that now sits before the state Supreme Court.

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Much rides on the future of Kansas public school funding

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Much rides on the future of Kansas public school funding

Kansas children will continue to face larger class sizes and the elimination of programs if the legislature fails to RESTORE funding for schools this session. The K.C. Star is offering them the solution.  ”The best course would be for the Legislature to roll back some of the income tax cuts that have decimated the state budget and forced Kansans to pay more in sales taxes and property taxes.”

Full-Day Kindergarten and Public Funding

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Additional funding for all day kindergarten is a step in the right direction. But it does not resolve the dramatic shortfall in funding for all of the other classrooms. Restore funding for our public school children.

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Public Schools Funding and the State Supreme Court

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Kansas Supreme Court is reviewing a lawsuit, Gannon v. Kansas that involves state spending for public schools. The public school system is on the defense with an extended lawsuit from the K-12 public school districts to determine if states have met their obligations to finance Kansas public school districts. Even if the districts have a case, facing the state legislature is opening a new path that might to an uncertain future.

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