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Democratic Party chairwoman urging against Kansas Legislature’s school funding cuts

May 5, 2011

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— State Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon on Thursday urged Kansans to contact their legislators and tell them to properly fund schools.

“Governor Brownback and the House leadership are shortchanging our schools, and it’s time to stop,” Wagnon said at a news conference.

Brownback, a Republican, and the Republican-dominated Legislature have proposed cuts to schools and other areas, saying they are required to balance the budget without raising taxes.

Under Brownback’s budget proposal, base state aid to schools would fall to $3,780 per student, the lowest amount since the 1990s. A House budget plan would decrease that amount even more. Before the Great Recession kicked in, base state aid was $4,400 per student.

Wagnon, a former secretary of revenue and legislator, said the Legislature should devise a long-term strategy to cut some business tax credits and get rid of some sales tax exemptions.

“We can’t just keep cutting taxes and cutting schools,” she said.

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wastewatcher 2 years, 11 months ago

HEY BIG SPENDER, We all know Wagnon's history and earned reputation, Just how do you propose to pay for this?

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wastewatcher 2 years, 11 months ago

HEY BIG SPENDER, We all know Wagnon's history and earned reputation, Just how do you propose to pay for this?

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wastewatcher 2 years, 11 months ago

HEY BIG SPENDER, We all know Wagnon's history and earned reputation, Just how do you propose to pay for this?

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RedOctober 2 years, 11 months ago

None of this will be a problem when the Dawn of Glorious Socialism arrives.

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SouthWestKs 2 years, 11 months ago

There was a article in the Dodge City paper about money for the district.. They have 6000 students but because of state aid they will get money for 10000 students!! I do not think schools are hurting.. I think they have to much money now.. Bring on the cuts..

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one_teacher 2 years, 11 months ago

Correction: the Commissioner's letter reflects the first proposed cut the cut referenced in this ARTICLE would reduce funds even more.

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one_teacher 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't know where you came up with that number ($6326), but here's the Kansas Commissioner of Education's letter dated April 1, 2011 that compares current aid per pupil to proposed cuts (it reflects the first proposed cut, the one referenced in this letter would reduce funds even more). The numbers are broken down by district so you can see exactly how much money will be lost.

http://www.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=L9vtRpIClag%3d&tabid=119&mid=8049

As a teacher in USD 497, I can guarantee that we feel every missed dollar. From lax security to graffiti ridden walls and bathrooms to limited amounts of textbooks, we will feel the hit and the quality of education we are able to provide will suffer.

Finally, education cuts aren't a liberal or conservative issue. They're a human issue. We either value the education our children receive in this country, or we don't.

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Dave Trabert 2 years, 11 months ago

There they go again, implying that base state aid is what schools receive from the state. Joan Wagnon and others know full well that state aid per pupil will be more than $6,000 per pupil next year. KSDE says it was $6,326 last year and said it would be $6,500 this year prior to recessions of about $109 per pupil. The Governor's Budget Proposal had total state aid at $3.1 billion, which works out to $6,784 per-pupil at current enrollment levels.

Even if the final number for next year is slightly less than proposed, state aid would still be more than twice what it was in 1992. It is appalling that Joan Wagnon would make such claims for political gains knowing that it would scare parents.

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