Legislators play shell game with school funding

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January 29, 2014 - 12:00 AM

The Kansas Legislature has not made cuts to education, State Sen. Caryn Tyson contends in a recent newsletter. Such accusations “couldn’t be more wrong,” she writes.

Kansas law says base state aid per pupil should be $4,492. Today, it is $3,838. Since Tyson’s election to the House in 2010, and then to the Senate in 2012, state aid has dropped about $100 per pupil.

Tyson’s defense is that she has never actually voted to reduce funding for schools, rather she just has never voted to adequately fund them.

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