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Kansas Democrats Counter Brownback’s School Finance Plan With One of Their Own

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Democrats from the Kansas State Legislature held a press conference in Topeka today to communicate their plan to restore funding to public schools.

Originally, the Democrats planned to reveal their school financing plan the day Boeing announced closure of its Wichita plant. The Democratic event was rescheduled.

Their plan would take half of excess state revenues earmarked for corporate tax breaks and give the money to public schools.

Gov. Sam Brownback released his school finance proposal at last month’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.

Funding of public education is expected to be a leading issue during this year’s session of the Kansas State Legislature, which convened Monday. Public schools have not been fully funded since the Great Recession led to a decline in state tax revenues.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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