Archive for Thursday, March 1, 2012

Petition drive targets governor’s school finance proposal

March 1, 2012


— Several organizations have joined forces in a petition drive that calls for increased school funding and opposition to Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed school finance overhaul.

“The governor’s proposal before the Legislature is inadequate and threatens the state’s long tradition of giving every child a high-quality public education,” the groups said.

The American Federation of Teachers-Kansas, Kansas Families for Education, and Kansans United in Voice & Spirit are circulating a petition that tells Brownback and the Legislature to help public schools.

The monthlong petition drive is being called Kansas Madness in March. Citizens can sign the petition at

Brownback has proposed a school finance overhaul that would eliminate state limits on local property taxes for education and junk a system of extra funding to educate children with specific needs. Brownback has said his proposal will give locals more say in education funding. Critics say it will create wider disparities between wealthy and poor districts.


Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Dear Friends,

The children of Kansas need you!

Kansans United in Voice & Spirit has partnered with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – Kansas and Kansas Families for Education to hold Kansas Madness in March – a month long petition drive to compel the governor and legislature to fund high quality public education for all of our Kansas children.

Please visit and sign the petition. This will take less than one minute of your time and will be a voice for the children of Kansas.

If you would prefer to sign a paper copy of the petition, print the attached document and sign.

For those of you who are wanting to contribute more actively in Kansas Madness in March, we encourage you to download the attached document and obtain signatures from your friends, family, and networks. There are 10 signature lines per page. You can mail petitions to Kansans United, PO Box 142, Lawrence, KS 66044.

We value and appreciate your continued commitment to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.

Crystal McComas & Tamara Werth Kansans United in Voice & Spirit

Lawrenceks 6 years ago

How about letting the parents pay for their children's schooling???

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

One approach. Schools are America's learning utility and are much better than one thinks. Been to one lately to observe or volunteer? On the other hand, this approach could work and leads to other possibilities: Each person maintains their piece of the public roadways; people band together and convert local vehicles into ambulances, fire trucks, etc.; people could work together to maintain the parks in their areas. Could work; why don't you propose some legislation to your House of Rep and Senator?

Paul R Getto 6 years ago

P.S. The petition is probably a waste of time. Everyone get out and vote next August in the primaries. That would help. If we lose the remaining rational senators, Sam will steamroll us and it could take a generation to recover.

Jan Rolls 6 years ago

Did you pay for yours or were you incapble of having kids. Either way what you propose we do with tax dollars give them to the kochs and other rich jerks.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Parents are paying for their children's education. Where do you think tax dollars come from? Certainly not from those very wealthy who choose to evade their fair share.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Kansas Families for Education

Kansas Families for Education, Executive Director, Kathy Cook. 15941 W. 65th Street, #104 Shawnee KS, 66217. 913-825-0099.

This is quite an active organization. Probably 10 years of active duty on behalf of public school funding. This group does work tirelessly on school funding issues.

Kansas Families for Education does spend time in Topeka,Kansas.

Waddetreestudio 6 years ago

Working Class Families with Childern should create Coop Schools Parental Stock Contributions to produce parent owned and ran public Schools..

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