Salina Legislator Punished For Vote

Two Kansas lawmakers who voted against school funding changes have been removed from a Kansas House committee that oversees education.

Reps. Diana Dierks, of Salina, and John Ewy, of Jetmore, were notified this week that they had been taken off the committee. Their replacements voted in favor of the bill that replaced the state’s per-pupil formula for distributing aid to districts with stable “block grants” based on what districts received previously. The plan is to use the block grants for two years while the system for funding public schools is revamped.

Dierks says that when she asked why she was removed from the education committee, she was told it was for the betterment of the caucus. She was moved to the elections committee.


Associated Press information from: Lawrence Journal-World