Hensley: We have to get this right, right now

By Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley

Today’s decision confirms what we already knew – Kansas schools are significantly underfunded, threatening the quality of education our children are receiving wherever they may reside in our state.

In my response to Governor Brownback’s State of the State address on January 10, I said, “I believe the task of creating a new school finance formula should’ve started already since the temporary two-year block grants will expire at the end of this school year.”

I also said on January 10, “a new formula must provide adequate and equitable funding so as to end the school finance litigation we have endured for entirely too long.”

Now, more than ever, Governor Brownback and Republican legislative leaders must stop playing political games and get serious about fully funding our children and grandchildren’s education.

You’re only in first grade one time. You’re only a senior in high school one time. We have to get this right, and we have to do it right now. The future of Kansas children depends on it.

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