Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2010

Education group endorses Holland

September 30, 2010


— A statewide public education advocacy group has endorsed Democrat Tom Holland for governor, saying that Republican Sam Brownback’s education proposals lacked detail.

Kansas Families for Education announced Wednesday it also endorsed Democrat Stephene Moore over Republican Kevin Yoder in the 3rd Congressional District race. The district includes east Lawrence.

In the governor’s race, the group said when Brownback didn’t return a questionnaire about education issues, the group’s board reviewed Brownback’s “Road Map for Kansas Education” posted on his website.

“Several board members thought many of the ideals and broad themes in the document have merit. Ultimately, however, the board found too many details missing to allow them to make an informed judgment on your position on education issues,” the group said.

Brownback has said the school finance formula needs to be changed, but hasn’t said how. Holland supports the current formula and has said he would increase school funding as the economy improves.


situveux1 7 years, 6 months ago

Actually what Holland said was that he suported the current formula and wanted to let locals districts raise property taxes if they wanted. Somehow the JW seems to always forget to add on that last part.

ksbison 7 years, 6 months ago

So, what's Holland's education plan? Raise taxes and spend more money, no teacher accountability required.

Centerville 7 years, 6 months ago

From this astroturf group's website: There's plenty of kvetching about more money, such as this pre-scripted appeal for members to put to legislators: "I join with other Kansans and call on you to support an increase in revenues to support Kansas public schools and other vital services. Schools have endured more cuts than they can handle. It is vitally important to have a strong public education system which will prepare our students to compete in a global economy. The Kansas Constitution requires the state to provide funding for our schools. The legislature should give careful consideration to every strategy for increasing revenue that provides our state with the strong foundation needed to meet its current and future responsibilities to the people of Kansas. Revenue sources that should be examined and considered by the legislature include: elimination of corporate tax breaks; all tax exemptions; increases in sales, income, and sin taxes; as well as taxing recreational activities such as lottery ticket and bingo card purchases. We are counting on you to keep your promise to Kansas kids."

And nothing at all about improving education. Which is so Holland. Their affinity for each other is obvious.

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