Last month in my blog, I was celebrating the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of public schools and Kansas kids. It was the latest court decision in the Gannon vs. State of Kansas school funding lawsuit. The court found that schools must be financed equitably to ensure that every student, regardless of their zip code, receives the same opportunity to learn and prepare for their future.
Stories about school funding have been prevalent in the media during the past year, and I hope they continue to draw the interest of all Kansans. Education should be the top priority of every citizen; we are investing in our future. I encourage everyone to stay informed, and to speak out for public education.
I have had many people approach me and ask me questions about school finance – how it works, what the various proposed Bills mean, and what this latest court decision means to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The reality is, there is a long history, and it is not easy to explain in a few sentences. Recently, the Lawrence Journal World published a story that provides “the ABCs of school finance” which is a detailed history of school finance and how we got here.
I wanted to share it with you to help you understand, and also, to encourage you to remain up-to-date on this issue. As Kansas residents, “It’s Up to Us.”