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Kansas Republican Primary: It’s Not Looking Good for the Future of Education Funding

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The clock just struck midnight, and it looks like all votes are in from precincts in the Kansas City-metropolitan area in the Kansas Republican primary elections.

Education was one of the most important issues in these races, which tended to feature a moderate pitted against one or more conservatives. Almost all of the moderates favored more funding for public education, while the conservatives tended to think the schools have enough money and could probably get by on even less.

Although race results are still unofficial, it looks like the conservatives won overwhelmingly.

Last spring, the state senators were the voice of reason, standing up to Governor Sam Brownback’s proposal for steep tax cuts that would adversely affect education. And generally Republicans in the metro area are a bit more liberal than those in the rest of the state. However, last night conservative Republican senatorial candidates prevailed, even in the metro area.

The (unofficial) final score: Conservatives 15, Moderates 5.


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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.


One thought on “Kansas Republican Primary: It’s Not Looking Good for the Future of Education Funding

  1. Frustrating. And those same people who voted this way will be complaining about cuts to their kid’s schools! Kansas is NOT an education friendly state, to say the least.

    Posted by Janet Reynolds | August 8, 2012, 5:28 am
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