It’s not old news, but rather news that is growing old. Once again, we will begin a new school year with a cut in state funding. At the time of this posting, we stand $8.7 million below our 2010-2011 budget, and it looks like we may be facing yet another cut of nearly $5 million. Over the past five years, our district has lost $43.3 million in funding. This is simply unacceptable.
There’s a movement in our legislative body to change the Constitution because they believe we don’t need to provide suitable funding for all children. We should be very alarmed by that. They would rather try to change the Constitution than work to solve the issues.
A recent New York Times editorial http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/opinion/23thu2.html provides examples of state budget battles and how court decisions have upended budget negotiations in California, Nevada and New Jersey. It mentions court cases pending in other states, including our own in Kansas.
It seems the courts are the only place for us to stand up and say that EVERY child is entitled to a quality education.
Every citizen should be concerned. It’s up to us to take a stand and push for what is right for our children.