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Do you think the state should be forced to fund public schools at the rate lawmakers approved several years ago to settle a court order?

Response Percent Votes
62% 516
32% 272
Not sure.
5% 42
Total 830


Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

The state of Kansas may be one of the worst states in the USA with regard to it's responsibilities in funding public schools for at least the past 15 years. USD 497 may have been considered as one of the best school districts in the nation 22 years ago.

The Kansas Legislature would rather give OUR big government tax dollars to a so called "private school" system. However this would not be accomplished WITHOUT OUR big government tax dollars.

When politicians speak of a "privatized" system do not mean private schools that which are solely funded on their own.

Politicians/"Privatized"/Corporate America AND OUR BIG GOVERNMENT TAX DOLLARS are all one big happy family. Since when has Corporate America saved consumers any money?

Corporate America comes with over paid CEO's,over paid BOD"s,shareholders that love a guaranteed profit and golden parachutes = abuse of public school tax dollars = irresponsible use of tax dollars = dumb public school tax dollar economics!

KS 7 years, 10 months ago

Things change. We have no money. Wait till the economy is better. We all have to suffer together. Why are the schools so special? School Districts in this State seem to have a bottomless pocket and in my opinion a lot is wasted.

avoice 7 years, 10 months ago

If only they really were "educating" our kids!

napoleon969 7 years, 10 months ago

The fact that you think "Schools are special because they are educating our kids." and that they shouldn't have to share the pain during a recession says a lot about you also BABBOY. Why don't you shut up? The schools have been pouring good money after bad for years. There's never enough.

Julia Rose-Weston 7 years, 10 months ago

Are you willing to keep up some of your retirement funds to improve schools? Maybe this is a good idea if everyone is willing to give up some of their retirement to help our children/

nekansan 7 years, 10 months ago

This hole is one the legislature dug for themselves. They were unhappy with the funding requests from the school districts. The legislature commissioned a study of what the actual costs of providing a public education were, believing it would be lower than what their their own study ultimately found. Then when the legislature ignored that study and funded education below that minimum level the lawsuit was filed. The court found that indeed the legislature's own study found that they were funding public education below the minimal level and that the state is constitutionally obligated to provide for and fund public education. Pretty simple. Since there have been no new studies to contradict the original (they probably don't want to risk another study coming back with an even higher $$$ amount) the legislature is still failing to meet their constitutional obligation.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 10 months ago

Education should be funded above all else.

Stephen Roberts 7 years, 10 months ago

We should fund schools based on the study and no more. There should be no more additional grants to schools, no more additional money from medicaid, schools should not be allowed to charge fees, the state & federal government should reduce all funding except the per pupil funding.

Here is a way to help schools:

  1. Start taxing unions

  2. Start taxing Entities like KUAC & others

  3. Start charging an entertainment tax on all sporting events

  4. Cut sales tax exemptions for all entities, including school districts

  5. Get rid of the tenture for all teachers

Julia Rose-Weston 7 years, 10 months ago

Are you willing to give up job security? Many non-tenured teachers lost their jobs this year. Do we want to put our best teachers on the chopping block?

DeAnn Seib 7 years, 10 months ago

TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P., received a 10 year moratorium on taxes from the Kansas Legislature. TransCanada claimed it provided a public benefit to Kansas on oil slurry that is transported from Canada to Oklahoma. The oil slurry is not processed or used within the state boundaries. They are now threatening to send all the oil slurry to China if we won't allow a second pipeline. (Like they weren't going to send it there if that was the highest price to be paid?) Maybe if we taxed TransCanada like we tax food, utilities, and other necessities, we would have more funding available for our schools.

Julia Rose-Weston 7 years, 10 months ago

The problem is not the taxes or the money, the problem lies with who we are asking to pay. We keep asking the poor and middle class to pony up the money, which they don't have. We seem to give tax break to the people with high incomes. We need to ask the people with the money to pay. Supporting important programs like public education with a cigarette tax is ludicrous. Please buy them but don't smoke them!

George Lippencott 7 years, 10 months ago

Where is the money coming from? We just raised sales taxes 20% at the state level. I never would have imagined a 10% sales tax but we are close. Property owners are facing a 12-15% overall propety tax increase. Never thopught I would see property taxes taking almost 7% of my income annually. Seems to me we need new sources of revenue.

I know. Let us tax renters and public assistance. Everyone should get to pay a little - helps them understand that there are costs associated with their demands.

Lisa Rasor 7 years, 10 months ago

How about taxing absentee landlords at a higher rate?

skinny 7 years, 10 months ago

No more taxes, enough is enough!!

Make do with what you have like all the rest of us have to do.

formerlyanonymous 7 years, 10 months ago

If you look at the KS budget, half of our tax revenues already go to public schools. Most of the rest seems to go to entitlements. Throwing more money at public schools isn't going to solve the key problems public schools struggle with. US schools (including Lawrence schools) are funded per pupil way above public schooled kids in other nations and yet we lag far behind.

  1. Parents need to parent their kids. They need to value education, read to their children, and work with their kids at home.

  2. We need to cut a lot of the government-created requirements imposed upon public schools (like No Child Left Behind).

  3. We need to increase accountability of teachers and schools for the undereducated students that are consistently churned out.

It's just a lot easier to throw money at these problems, so people do.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

"We need to increase accountability of teachers and schools for the undereducated students that are consistently churned out."

The above is not the teachers fault. Teachers provide the tools,techniques plus hours and hours and hours of instruction each semester.

Where are the parents? Do these parents show up at Parent - Teacher Conferences? It was our experience that the same parents do show. It was said more than once that parents who need to show do not show.

Our kids were 4.0 and 3.5 GPA students. They were home schooled. We felt it was our obligation to show up... after all these are hours when teachers could be at home. We learned how we might be of "help" to our children.

sherlock 7 years, 10 months ago

Well our local school board just voted to raise the mill levy 6 mills. So fasten youre seat belts and wait to see how the county snows us poor old tax payers next? To the poor house it looks like. some of the board made a little speech about taking away food, and etc for those without jobs and bla, bla then voted yes. Of course at first they were going for 8 mills.

KS 7 years, 10 months ago

So what are the Kansas Supremes going to do to the Legislature? Put them all in jail for not complying? Can't wait until the court's budget comes up again. Good grief. Some folks need a couple to stand up to the Court.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 10 months ago

The GOP is falling back on the Bible again..

Suffer the children.

They take that as though they should make children suffer. GOP coming out against Education, against health care for children because of the sins of their father.

Gop bless them, every one who can afford it.

KS 7 years, 10 months ago

ivalue - What does the Bible have to do with this? The GOP would be coming out against continued out of control spending and if the Dems had any guts, they would be on this skateboard too. We are OUT OF MONEY, honey! What part of that do you not understand? The well is dry. Just how high do you want your taxes to go before you say enough is enough or maybe you are not paying any and don't really care?

fancy80 7 years, 10 months ago

does it matter what we think? State is going to do what they want anyway, as will the county and the city of lawrence. why bother asking us what we think? they don't listen anyway.

Julia Rose-Weston 7 years, 10 months ago

The Republicans don't seem to be out of money.

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