Rep. Marc Rhoades (R-Newton) unexpectedly resigned Monday as chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee in protest over how a school funding proposal was being handled by Republican leaders.
"None of the spending is tied to measureable education outcomes," Rhoades said in a prepared statement. "I regret I see no option but, respectfully, to resign as chair of appropriations to allow leadership to move forward."
Rhoades submitted his resignation to House Speaker Ray Merrick before the start of what was to be two days of hearings on a funding proposal aimed at satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court ruling issued March 7. The case was filed in 2009 on behalf of parents and school districts who argued the state had harmed students because spending cuts resulted in lower test scores. State attorneys maintained that legislators did their best to minimize cuts to education.