— President Barack Obama | State of the Union Address January 28, 2014.
Wendy Davis: This morning I met with teachers in Waxahachie and listened to what’s happening in the classrooms at their neighborhood schools. While our teachers remain as dedicated as ever, current state leaders have left them to do more with much less. We must put our focus on education to ensure a bright and successful future for this great state.
Thank You to All of Our Teachers! We Appreciate All You Do!
By 2015, Kansas K-12 education will have been cut over $1,000 since 2008. That’s more than $100 per year. And it’s all thanks to Gov. Brownback and the Kansas GOP who doubled down on more education cuts when they “passed a plan this past weekend to drain the state’s reserves, cut taxes for the rich, raise taxes for many lower-income families, and slash education in the process.
The state is on a path to ruin unless it changes course.”
State funding for public schools is unconstitutionally low, according to a court ruling released Friday in response to a complicated education finance lawsuit.
The decision could have a major impact on the upcoming legislative session as lawmakers look to adjust school funding and potentially trim state spending to accommodate major income tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law last year. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he would appeal the ruling to the Kansas Supreme Court.
The ruling calls for lawmakers to essentially start their education finance conversations all over, using the 2008 session as a starting point.
That’s when lawmakers, prompted by a 2006 Kansas Supreme Court ruling, approved a law requiring the state to provide $4,492 in per-pupil base state aid.
The state’s per-pupil aid peaked at $4,400 in 2009 and has fallen. It fell to $3,780 in 2012. Last year, lawmakers approved an increase to $3,838.