TOPEKA - House Democratic Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence) and Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) gathered at Highland Park Central Elementary School this afternoon to urge parents and educators to participate in a survey seeking firsthand examples of how state education funding cuts have impacted local schools and families.

Democrats’ survey is being released in response to a website Brownback unveiled last week that calls on Kansans to “report inefficiencies” that have been witnessed within school districts.

"The debate over school funding is about the future our children and the long term economic stability of Kansas – it’s not just a line item on a budget,” said Davis. “Parents, teachers and administrators have been on the front lines trying to protect the quality of our children’s education with far fewer resources than they need to do the job properly. To imply that they are excessively inefficient is downright offensive. It is time for Gov. Brownback to hear the stories and look beyond the bottom line.”

“Rooting out waste and encouraging public input are good practices in government,” said Hensley. “But Gov. Brownback is acting on the assumption that schools aren’t stretching every dollar to the last cent, even after he made the largest cut to public education in Kansas history. His website seems like nothing more than a forum to demonize educators. Frankly, it seems like Gov. Brownback is searching for an excuse to further cut schools once his reckless tax plan tanks the state budget.”  

Democrats’ online, anonymous survey is being distributed via email and social media. All Kansans are encouraged to participate. Responses will be compiled and presented to the Legislature at the start of the 2013 legislative session. The survey can be found here.

 

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