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Brownback Urges Schools to Move More Money Into Classroom

Associated Press - August 11, 2015 3:48 pm


Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is urging districts to move more of the money they get into the classroom and hold down administrative costs of running the school.

The Republican governor made to comment to reporters Tuesday after addressing educators attending a training session on a reading initiative funded by welfare funds.

His advice comes as school districts across the state grapple with funding cuts.

Brownback says Kansas law requires districts to spend two-thirds of their funding in the classroom, but only a handful of districts actually get that done.

But Mark Farr, the president of the state’s largest teacher’s union, says teachers need the support of a whole school to be successful in a classroom. He says if the governor really wants to help schools, he would fund schools.

Larry Elmquist

August 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm

The Governor’s recommendation might receive a little more attention if he and the legislature were to reduce the amount of data collection and reports schools must provide the state. The Governor need only look to his brother to get an idea what happens when education is neglected.

Doug Clemens

August 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

True on the brother thing but look at what Salina spends on administration salaries and you can see where the governor is coming from.

Doug Clemens

August 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

I feel a little different Larry were you aware that usd305 Salina School District’s budget is higher than when you add the city and county’s budget’s together. The district only has approximately 7000 students. There is no reason for this.

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