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Legislative leaders cool to Brownback’s state funding of full-day kindergarten

January 10, 2014


— Legislative leaders on Friday sounded cool to Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal for the state to fund full-day kindergarten.

House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, said the proposal was "a very complicated issue."

He noted the pricetag — $16 million in additional funding each year for five years — and that most school districts have managed to implement full-day kindergarten under the current system.

"The Legislature needs to study it," Merrick said.

Last month, Brownback said one of his major proposals for the legislative session that starts Monday would be providing state funding for full-day kindergarten.

Currently the state provides funding for half-day kindergarten, with the remaining portion funded through local dollars. The increased funding, Brownback said, would come out of financial balances that have been built up over the past couple of years.

"Numerous studies show that all-day kindergarten results in students who are more involved, productive and ready to read at appropriate grade levels," Brownback said.

School superintendents across the state, including Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll, praised the idea.

But Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said her misgivings about the proposal were linked to the current school finance lawsuit pending before the Kansas Supreme Court. Plaintiff districts have won a lower court ruling that the state needs to increase school funding because of budget cuts over the past several years.

Wagle said her fear was that the money pumped into full-day kindergarten wouldn't be counted by the court when considering base state aid per pupil funding.

"Everything is questionable right now," she said. "It's difficult for me to put money into something that doesn't put money into the base, and won't be counted by this court."


Phil Minkin 4 years, 2 months ago

It's easy and disingenuous for Sam to propose things to appeal to the public when he knows the legislature will reject it.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Exactly. Sam knows HIS legislators will continue the ALEC Right Wing Party agenda while Sam ALEC Brownback wanders about Kansas making false statements.

This $16 million kindergarten plan could have been accomplished last session before this election year.

Sam Brownback is no friend to public education anymore than Koch Industries or the Walton Foundation. That Wal-Mart money is doing its' best to close public schools throughout the nation. KCMO,Chicago and Los Angeles are perfect examples.

Devin Wilson 4 years, 2 months ago

So, Kansas leaders are cool to even this token gesture? I consider it too little too late. But this is what we get when only 3 in 20 showed up to vote in the 2012 primary. We consider these two ALEC officers "leaders" in Kansas? August primaries and November elections are coming and I'm counting the days. We must do better, Kansas.

Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 2 months ago

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Scott James 4 years, 2 months ago

One might wonder why brownback takes the policy positions he does. Increase kindergarten funding while opposing school funding overall? Refuse federal money for medicare expansion or to start the kansas health exchange because "we dont want to be dependent on the federal government", while demanding federal funds for the NBATH facility?

You would think these are contradictory positions that cannot coexist. But you can explain the motives with one simple question.

Will taking this policy stance look good on my short bullet point resume for the republican presidential primary in 2016? (People of ks be damned).

For instance:

  • The most important bullet point on the resume is that a candidate be "pro business low taxes" - check.

  • can his opponents in the primary show he reached low taxes by creating a budget deficit? Did he keep the budget balanced? - check (any state programs, regardless of their importance can be sacrificed to meet this goal in primary politics) The new 2 yr budget cycle also helps him avoid scrutiny on this, since the deficits that are projected may not be official yet while he campaigns.

-did he "innovate and create jobs"? This explains the governors pro-wind energy token stance-check

-is he an "education presidential candidate", this token kindergarten effort tries to create a bullet point to answer that question

This is really what he and his aides are concerned with. Can Brownback Resume` quest2016 be completed in time?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Public School taxpayers may want to keep an eye on the following activity as long as Brownback is governor. And as long as a Merrick and a Wagle are in the state of Kansas.

Why Are Wal-Mart Billionaires Bankrolling Phoney School Reform in Los Angeles?

And elsewhere?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

And this as well.

ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting

It is evident that Koch Industries and the Wal-Mart clan want to control the thinking of people in America and rake in trillions of tax dollars in the process. They will or perhaps do own textbook publishing operations which can alter many many many facts. Parents should be or most certainly best be paying attention to these anti american zealots.

Also this kind of money subverted the republican party into an ALEC Right Wing Party which has also sponsored numerous PAC's creating the fascade that many many organizations support their anti american philosophies when in fact the same money supports most all of them.

There is a Club for Growth PAC for example that was coordinated by a former Brownback chief of staff. From there a Club for Growth surfaced in each state.

These same thinkers have subverted the Chamber of Commerce into one of many right wing money laundering devices. This Chamber of Commerce laundered $1.4 million a day to fight ObamaCare and to keep Medicare Single Payer Insurance completely off the table.

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