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Public to ask school bond questions at town hall meeting

March 22, 2013

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Voters will have a chance to get their questions about the proposed $92.5 million school bond issue answered during a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth. The event is sponsored by the local Voter Education Coalition.

The meeting will begin with a 15- to 20-minute presentation of information and perspectives on both sides of the bond issue question. School board members Shannon Kimball and Rick Ingram and a representative of the Yes for Lawrence group will speak on behalf of the bond issue. Jim Mullins, a local representative of Americans for Prosperity, will offer opposing viewpoints.

The bulk of the evening will be devoted to questions from members of the public, who will be invited to the microphone to ask their own questions for those at the podium. The meeting will last until 8:30 p.m. unless the audience runs out of questions earlier than that.

VEC is a cooperative effort of about 15 community groups that seeks to promote civic dialogue and broad participation of voters and candidates through community forums.

Comments

Joe Hyde 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm trying to understand why a group that calls itself "Americans for Prosperity" supports the Kansas legislature's persistent de-funding of public education at the state level, yet feels the need to visit Lawrence and speak in opposition to our city's local effort to increase school funding.

Mr. Mullins, the AFP's designated speaker, must be extremely careful not to accuse Lawrence and Douglas County of having an unfair advantage in potential funding sources compared to smaller school districts across the state. Because by making a statement like that, the AFP's speaker will not only be telling the truth, he'll be using the exact same line of argument against Brownback's education cuts that Democrats and moderate Republicans make.

Is the audience allowed to eat popcorn at this town hall meeting?

Claudean McKellips 1 year, 9 months ago

Why should someone who does not live or work here make decisions about the way our kids are educated? Similarly, why is out-of-state ALEC and AFP creating policy for Kansans to live by?

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