Journey of a Superintendent: The ABCs of School Finance

Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

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.”

 

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One Response to Journey of a Superintendent: The ABCs of School Finance

  1. Betty Martin says:

    Cindy, (Dr.Lane) I worked with you for about 10 years as an elementary school principal. I was so proud to be on the cutting edge of educational reform. I believed that our principals were the most informed about changes and innovations in the world of education. I missed our learning conversations when I left. I went to Avila University as an adjunct and student teacher supervisor. Very few schools provided their staff the opportunities that KCK did. I am now retired and living in the Olathe School District and constantly asked to approve this bond issue or that bond issue. M y heart and mind always goes back to “isn’t it the state’s responsibility for fund the school and provide EQUAL or EQUITABLE opportunities for children.” I do not believe the wealth of a school district should determine the education of our state’s children

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