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Brownback outlines education goals for second term

August 25, 2014

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— Gov. Sam Brownback continued to spar with Democrats Monday over the question of whether state funding for education has gone up or down under his administration.

Second term goals

K-12: 85 percent of high school graduates earn an industry-recognized technical certification, be accepted into a higher education institution without remediation or join the military.

Higher education: 60 percent of adults have a higher education degree or an industry-recognized certificate.

Speaking at campaign events in Johnson County and Topeka, Brownback repeated his assertion that overall education spending has gone up each year he's been in office. He also rolled out new goals for education for the next four years that focused on outcomes for both K-12 and higher education.

Gov. Sam Brownback outlines his education goals for a second term while arguing that total K-12 school funding has risen during his administration. Democrats say Brownback signed the largest single cuts to school funding in state history.

Gov. Sam Brownback outlines his education goals for a second term while arguing that total K-12 school funding has risen during his administration. Democrats say Brownback signed the largest single cuts to school funding in state history.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis speaks at a rally Saturday during the Kansas Democratic Party's annual Demofest convention in Wichita.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis speaks at a rally Saturday during the Kansas Democratic Party's annual Demofest convention in Wichita.

"We've got record amounts of money going into the K-12 classroom," Brownback said at the Topeka event. "The formula is now back in equalization as the court has ordered, and has now said it is. And my opponent (Rep.) Paul Davis voted against that. He voted against putting more money in K-12. He voted against the equalization formula."

The claim about Davis' voting record is one Brownback has repeated on the campaign trail, and one that Davis flatly rejected during speeches last weekend at the state Democratic Party's annual DemoFest convention.

Davis said he introduced a "clean" bill this year to provide the equalization money ordered by the Supreme Court. But he voted against the Republican-backed bill that eventually passed because it included additional policy provisions such as the repeal of teacher tenure rights and providing tax credits for corporations that contribute to scholarship funds for private and parochial schools.

“Sam Brownback has never made public education a priority and for him to claim otherwise is downright laughable,” Davis said in a statement released after Brownback's news conference."

According to Brownback's figures, total funding for education has grown from a little more than $3.8 billion in fiscal year 2011 when he came into office to about $4.1 billion this year.

That, however, includes the increased funding for the KPERS retirement system, as well as the increased funding ordered this year by the Kansas Supreme Court to address equity issues for lower-wealth districts.

Democrats counter that the first budget Brownback proposed included the largest single-year cut in school funding in state history - about $76 million - due mainly to the phase-out of federal stimulus money at the end of the Great Recession.

Meanwhile, the base state aid formula, which the state uses to set each district's general fund budget, has been reduced from $4,012 the year before Brownback took office to $3,852 this year.

Brownback's said Monday that his goal for K-12 education in a second term will be for 85 percent of high school graduates either to earn an industry-recognized technical certification, be accepted into a higher education institution without remediation or join the military.

For higher education, Brownback said his goal will be for 60 percent of adults to have either a higher education degree or an industry-recognized certificate.

Brownback said the state is already on its way toward achieving those goals, but he did not outline any specific new proposals to achieve them.

Comments

David Langton 10 months, 1 week ago

Brownback's increase in education funding came for 2 reasons. The first was an increase in the pension fund that was forced by the Securities and Exchange Commission. That really helped students. The next was the finding of the State Supreme Court that the levels being provided by the state were over 200 million less then what was required by law. If funding education only comes by force, can you call yourself the education governor? If Sam has to spin any harder to change his image he's going to make us all dizzy.

Carol Bowen 10 months, 1 week ago

"...industry-recognized technical certification..."

This objective concerns me. We are hoping for the same outcome in Lawrence. It does not make sense to offer training for industry Kansas does not have. Where will the graduates work? KU has invested a lot of money in the engineering programs, but where will the students come from and where will the engineering graduates go?

I realize these are armchair observations. If anyone can enlighten me, please do.

James Howlette 10 months, 1 week ago

It isn't actually a terrible idea on the surface. If it's the same as the previous initiative he launched. The certifications are for things that are useful in Kansas and that could potentially lead to employment. So you could graduate from high school with a certification that leads you directly to a job that doesn't require asking if someone wants fries with it.

They are, so far, not particularly popular, and I don't know if that's availability (Lawrence not having a training center yet, for instance) or if it turns out to be the wrong solution for a problem that doesn't exist. It wasn't a popular program in Johnson County either. The college expected a massive influx of high school students and didn't get it.

Now, there are a few qualms I have. If the state is going to provide employee training for the businesses in Kansas, shouldn't those businesses be paying taxes to fund it? Also, I believe this law would allow for-profit technical colleges to take advantage of it, so pushing for more use is potentially another taxpayer giveaway to for-profit corporations.

Carol Bowen 10 months, 1 week ago

Good point. Are businesses funding some of the VoTech school that's being planned? We need more news on this, also.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

"Where will these graduate work?"

China,Korea,Gernmany,Viet Nam or perhaps India. India is busy eliminating residential housing and creating the next silicon valley. It has been estimated that 15 million white collar jobs will be heading to India.

Grads will need to travel abroad to find USA jobs,

Face it Carol Bowen is asking the critical questions. For which the politicians have no answers of substance.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

The GOP legislature has been reducing public education budgets for years no matter that it is against the law.

Sam Brownback is out and about spreading political rhetoric. The Brownback public education agenda has not changed. What he is leaving out is the fact that he is working to defund and dismantle public education. Brownback began working on this plan nationally while in Washington D.C.

--- http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

Vouchers are a vehicle to funnel tax dollars into private schools. Using the false promise of “choice,” they are an unabashed abandonment of public education and of our hopes for a vibrant democracy. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/13-0

Exposing GOP Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Ed

--- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/exposing-alecs-agenda-to-_b_3223651.html

--- United States of ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

BTW Paul Davis has been among the active legislators in protecting public education. He has been involved from a grass roots level for at least 13 going on 14 years.

Where was Sam Brownback? In Washington D.C. shoving No Child Left Behind down the throats of local government. It was not funded by Washington D.C instead it was ordered to come from local tax jars. Reckless management by big government.

Again Paul Davis has been among the most active legislators in protecting public education. He has been involved from a grass roots level for at least 13 going on 14 years. Paul Davis knows what he is talking about.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

Public and higher education does not need Gov Sam Brownback pulling the rug out from under these very fine institutions. It only spells disaster.

VOTING DAY PACKETS = Democracy NOW !

Voters must assume Brownback and Kobach may have purged YOU from the voting rolls. Any way possible. This is fraudulent activity.

Okay let's plan ahead. We know that the Brownback/Kobach agenda is to keep voters from the polls.

Voters ORGANIZING A VOTING DAY PACKET might be a preventive measure to be sure VOTERS are not turned away on voting day.

--- a birth certificate

--- drivers license or state ID card

--- proof of voter registration etc etc etc.

--- Keep it close by as voting opportunities will occur about 4 times in the next 10 months.

Let's get on with it. Protect YOURSELF from GOP voting fraud on election day.

  • Vote the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket they are going to have a messy house to clean up.

  • Kansas needs Margie Wakefield in Congress.

  • Chad Taylor for US Senate.

Phillip Chappuie 10 months, 1 week ago

Or join the military? If you can't make the grade in regular high school I don't think the military is going to want you. It is not the 1950's. Makes it sound like when the judge would give the hoodlum a choice; jail or the army. This is all window dressing from Mr. Brownback. Nice words with no real plan. I certainly would not shop in his store as the customer service is terrible.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 10 months, 1 week ago

Brownback's only noteworthy skill is in prevarication and fraud. His bleating excuses for his incompetence is focused at the great unwashed of Kansas who would vote for him. And voting in Kansas is a futile exercise, you cannot overcome the Koch Regime billions.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

We must ask ourselves why in the hell does corporate America want to own government programs that they spend so much time and money convincing we taxpayers our great programs are evil and do not work?

Privatization is another word repub RINO's use out of context in an effort to present the illusion that public schools would act like a private business = without our tax dollars.

What private industry sees in privatization of public schools is a huge margin of profit and guaranteed profit. Floods of tax dollars going to the bank accounts of private industry is a no brainer for private industry.

Who performs fraud day and day out? Private industry.

Privatization does not represent a better education or efficient use of tax dollars. As I see it privatization of public schools represent:

  1. Over paid CEO's and staff
  2. Golden Parachutes
  3. Shareholders
  4. special interest campaign contributions
  5. potential fraud

In essence reckless use of tax dollars.

Recently we learned that privately run, charter schools failed to outperform public schools despite their being, private.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/05/25-7

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

"Brownback's said Monday that his goal for K-12 education in a second term will be for 85 percent of high school graduates either to earn an industry-recognized technical certification, be accepted into a higher education institution without remediation or join the military.

For higher education, Brownback said his goal will be for 60 percent of adults to have either a higher education degree or an industry-recognized certificate.

Brownback said the state is already on its way toward achieving those goals, but he did not outline any specific new proposals to achieve them."

His words are meaningless. Sam Brownback has spent years supporting cuts to education funding. What we are getting is election year rhetoric. Gov Brownback has zero control over whether or not any of his election year chit chat can be achieved.

Does this man honestly believe that educators do not have far more realistic goals? Educators are the ones who do the work and know how to get there.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

Kansas needs 60% voter turnout to send Brownback to somewhere …… not back to the governors seat.

Brownback's "victory" is a loss for Kansas kids

Kansans who care about public schools must keep holding Gov. Sam Brownback accountable for the damage he’s done.

We learned Wednesday, June 11, that a three-judge panel in Topeka ruled funding to help poor, rural school districts had been put right under order from the Kansas Supreme Court. Future hearings will determine whether the state is providing enough money overall to its public schools.

That means Kansans who want the best possible education for the next generation must keep up efforts to hold Gov. Sam Brownback accountable for the damage he’s done to our schools.

Brownback called it “a victory for Kansas” when he made the largest cut to school funding in the state’s history.
 In his first budget, Brownback cut base state aid per pupil by $232 over two years* — the state’s largest-ever single cut to school funding.

The result? Overcrowded classrooms. Increased fees and other costs for students’ families. Reductions to arts and special education. While other states are investing in schools as the economy turns around, we lose ground here in Kansas because Brownback doesn’t value public education.

Brownback’s own budgets created an imbalance 
in funding for poorer, rural school districts.
When the court declared in March that that funding was unconstitutional, Brownback blamed previous governors for the problem.

But the budgets the court was talking about had risen in the two years before Brownback took office. His first budget cut those funds by 12 percent. And he’s left it there since.*

WHEN SAM BROWNBACK CUTS SCHOOL FUNDING, HE CUTS KANSAS. He cuts jobs.

http://www.kansasvaluesinstitute.org/brownback_s_victory_is_a_loss_for_kansas_kids

Richard Heckler 10 months, 1 week ago

Vote the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket they are going to have a messy house to clean up.

Kansas needs Margie Wakefield in Congress

Chad Taylor for US Senate

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