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Teachers protest governor at Kansas Statehouse

Associated Press - May 17, 2014 2:03 pm

A new funding plan from a group of Kansas school administrators is reviving longstanding regional tensions and spotlighting questions about whether the state spends enough on public education.

A new funding plan from a group of Kansas school administrators is reviving longstanding regional tensions and spotlighting questions about whether the state spends enough on public education.

A few hundred teachers and education advocates have rallied at the Kansas Statehouse to protest what they view as anti-public school policies from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

The American Federation of Teachers and the Kansas National Education Association organized Saturday’s rally. The protest and other events came on the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional.

Rally participants criticized Brownback for championing massive personal income tax cuts. They also argued that the state isn’t adequately funding its schools, even with the passage of a plan this year to boost aid to poor districts.

Brownback has said the tax cuts are boosting the economy and opened his re-election campaign this week by declaring Kansas a “lighthouse” for other states.

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