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State Senators to consider making changes to school finance formula

March 1, 2010

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— State senators want to know more about a proposal to change the way Kansas distributes aid to its 293 school districts.

The plan was developed by Republican Sen. Steve Abrams of Arkansas City, a former member of the State Board of Education. The Senate Education Committee discussed the proposal Monday.

Abrams’ plan would reduce some state funding to small districts. It would also revise the way state aid is calculated for students considered at risk of academic failure.

The committee took limited testimony, but members said they want a fuller discussion of the plan and will schedule more review later in the session.

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 1 month ago

headdoctor: "I really do not like to entertain conspiracy theory's (sic) but in is no secrete (sic) that the modern Republicans have despised the public school system for some time." === a bit blunt, perhaps, but not all that far-fetched. It goes back to 1983 and "Nation at Risk" (http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/risk.html) and has moved on slowly from there. David Berliner had a good book on this called "The Manufactured Crisis" (http://www.amazon.com/Manufactured-Crisis-Attack-Americas-Schools/dp/0201441969) which is why I use the phrase the 'manufactured budget crisis' we are experiencing in Kansas. Overall all, you are correct; this is what charter schools, vouchers and home schools are all about. Public schools need to continue improving, and they have in most places over time and met rising expectations with many of their students. Good point, however. You just won't see the R's publically admitting this very often.

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 1 month ago

Ah, a blast from the past; good old Bishop Ussher! "Ussher's proposed date of 4004 BC differed somewhat from other Biblically based estimates, such as those of Bede (3952 BC), Ussher's near-contemporary Scaliger (3949 BC), Johannes Kepler (3992 BC) or Sir Isaac Newton (c. 4000 BC).[1] Ussher's specific choice of starting year may have been influenced by the then-widely-held belief that the Earth's potential duration was 6,000 years (4,000 before the birth of Christ and 2,000 after), corresponding to the six days of Creation, on the grounds that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8). This view had been almost completely abandoned by 1997, six thousand years after 4004 BC. Today some biblical scholars, as well as a number of literalist evangelical Christians, believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible calling for a 6000-year-old Earth.[2]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher_c... I watched Dr. Abrams during most of his SBOE career. He has some odd ideas, but at least he believed in expanding vocational education opportunities and was always a strong advocate for making sure students could read well.

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headdoctor 4 years, 1 month ago

I really do not like to entertain conspiracy theory's but in is no secrete that the modern Republicans have despised the public school system for some time. I was talking with a friend yesterday and they brought up a point that I hadn't really considered. While things have happened with the economy that could not have been planned out, this may all fit right in with the modern Republican plan. Destroy the public school system so that any reconstruction of education can include more of the Bible thumping Republican agenda to be ran down everyone's throats whether the public wants it or not. In a more simple concept, they want themselves and their kind educated with the rest of the country remaining as ignorant as possible. For the Republicans that would line up perfectly with their platform, giving them the control over power and money. Laugh if you want to but this may not be as far fetched as it sounds.

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KSManimal 4 years, 1 month ago

svenway_park (anonymous) says...

"You remember Steve Abrams....he is one of those who believe the earth is only 3,000 "

No, no, no,.....our boy Abrams is well aware the Earth is MUCH older than that - it's damn near 6,015 by now; having been created on October 24, 4004 BC.

Abrams is living proof that public education is under-funded (and subsequently over-fund-ied). The more he talks, the more legal ammunition schools will have for suing the (insert expletive here) legislature.

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svenway_park 4 years, 1 month ago

You remember Steve Abrams....he is one of those who believe the earth is only 3,000 years old, and wants your child to believe the same. hoo-boy.

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headdoctor 4 years, 1 month ago

Just another attempt at symbolism of substance. The abominations of the Republican party are not going to let up until the destroy the public schools.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 1 month ago

Senate Education Committee, remember this phrase:

"Equitable and suitable."

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