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Know Where Your Legislator Stands On School Funding!

December 05, 2017

USD 294 Family,

     As I type this letter your state legislators and governor are making determinations about how they should respond to the Gannon decision from the state supreme court.  As you may know, the Gannon decision was handed down in response to the resistance by the state to adequately fund its public schools.  The courts have ordered that the legislature follow the state constitution and appropriately fund schools for the success of all Kansas students.  Here are some important things to know:

  • Our public schools are currently running on funding levels that match those of 2008...nearly a decade ago.  Ask yourself what things in your life cost the same as they did ten years ago?  
  • Kansas public schools have never achieved higher than they are right now on such minimal funding.  In fact, no other state in the nation has a public school system performing better than ours without spending more money per pupil than we do.
  • Legislators are meeting behind closed doors which raises questions about integrity and transparency.  They have been allotted $400K in taxpayer dollars to hire attorneys and consults to respond to the court's decision.

     This is a very important time for you to get in touch with your congressman and let them know that they need to commit to the children of this community, and the state they represent, and fully fund our public schools at the same level that other states who have successful schools provide for their students.  Here are some folks you may recognize.  Get ahold of them and fight for what is fair for our students.

Have an awesome week!

Dr. Pitsch

 

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