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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: State budget hurts education

  • The governor's plan for funding our state's essential services continues to place Kansas' economic future in harm's way.
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  • To the editor:
    The governor's plan for funding our state's essential services continues to place Kansas' economic future in harm's way. It puts a priority on tax breaks for the wealthiest in our state, eliminates essential tax credits, and includes damaging cuts to things that provide a foundation for our state's economy, including our schools.
    Unless we make a commitment to begin investing again in education after years of destructive funding cuts, Kansas will not have the workforce it needs to compete in the global economy.
    After adjusting for enrollment increases and inflation, Kansas has cut state education aid by 13.2 percent since the start of the recession in 2008. This is one of the deepest cuts to education funding of any state over that time period. The governor's budget proposal would cut education funding by an additional 4 percent – $216 per student – over the next two years.

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