Call Senator Denning and Senator Wagle and tell them we refuse to allow our children's education to be used as pawns in their political games.
SENATOR DENNING, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER:
SENATOR WAGLE, SENATE PRESIDENT:
Hi, my name is [your name] and I live in [city, state, zip code]. I am outraged that [Senator Denning or Senator Wagle] is holding school funding hostage. Our children's education is much more precious than political games. I urge [him, her] them to do the right thing and take up the House bill that gives an additional $500M to schools. Thank you.
We are outraged.
The reason we are in this mess is because GOP leadership voted FOR the Brownback Tax Experiment that went into affect in 2012. Since then, year after year, they have been told the drastic tax cuts was going to cause a fiscal hole that would affect our public schools, but they chose to ignore it.
Kansans are done putting up with their stalling techniques.
First, they didn’t tackle school funding at the beginning of the session. Then, they waited for the study they commissioned at the cost of $200K in tax-payer money, where they picked an out-of-state researcher. They specifically decided not to choose Kansas Center for Economic Growth, KCEG, who has be doing amazing research on this issue because they didn’t agree with their numbers. And, when the study was finally released and it pretty much lined up with KCEG’s analysis, they didn’t like it.
So, here we are.
Yesterday, the House passed a $500M increase for schools and now, they say they won’t even take up the bill until they rip apart the checks and balances that exists in our state. The courts have been on the side of our constitution and it's through their orders that our schools have continued to function.
Attacking the courts with this constitutional amendment is like attacking the messenger instead of the message. The message is, our schools are not equitably funded as our constitution states.
We refuse to allow our children’s education to be used as a pawn in your politics. Do your job and fund our schools now.