Recently I read the letter to the editor from the Kansas for Prosperity group, suggesting that Kansas schools had plenty of money to educate our children.
Well let me tell you the rest of the story. In their $12,000.00 amount available for each student was an average that most schools have to spend on the students, (that amount is questionable, ask any school official in rural Kansas). But suppose it is, that total includes funds with special levies. Take for example capital outlay, if a school levies 3 mills for capital outlay the money received, by Kansas law, can only be spent for capital outlay expenditures and NOT teacher salaries, and the same goes for bond and interest, food service, transportation, activity funds, gate receipts and retirement. Of the money received directly from the state, $3,838 can be used for instructional staff and teaching supplies. And that amount $3,838 has been reduced from $4,400 of 2009. That is the reason many teachers have been fired or have not received an increase in their salaries for three or four years.
The Wichita school district had to lay off over 350 staff members because of that reduction in state funds. Now everybody loves to have their income tax or any tax lowered. But at who's expense? Who suffers the most, the children? Who benefits the most? Hummm ... well just follow the money. In a capitalistic society you get what you pay for. I want our children to receive the best education money can buy. So they can graduate, get good jobs and receive good wages and salaries and grow our whole economy in Kansas. They are our citizen of tomorrow and we owe them that.
That $12,000.00 figure available to spend on each student in Kansas schools is misleading .... So now citizens you know the rest of the story
— Ernest "Buck" McClain, Hesston.