According to my favorite Budget Director S2 – Shawn Sullivan, Kansas is facing a 6.2% across the board budget cut if the House and Senate can’t pass a tax increase. This is in addition to the cuts in education funding the state already experienced earlier this year. I thought I would repost this blog from a while ago that still applies. I’m sure with all the great national press our state is receiving on our revenue drama, teachers are lining up to help shape young minds in Kansas. If you are thinking about becoming a teacher in Kansas, bring your own books, your own paper and be ready to spend your own money. Application lines form to the left….
Springtime is here and soon you will be graduating and starting your new career as a teacher. I’m sure you have already started thinking about where you will go this fall to put down roots. I realize the whole country is an option -each state having great schools and lovely communities to choose from. Kansas also has great schools and beautiful communities, however, here is what sets Kansas apart from other states and why you should consider Kansas when making your decision on where to start teaching this fall.
1. In Kansas you will get to enjoy a school funding fight that will rival most reality television shows. Remember Real Housewives of New York when there was the epic fight that resulted in t-shirts that said Team Bethany or Team Jill? Here in Kansas, we have a school funding formula fight that has its own Twitter hashtag – #FundTheFormula. Love a challenge? As a teacher, you will be on the front lines of the battle where you will get to figure out how to do more with less – much less when the lawmakers continue to reduce funding to the schools to unconstitutional levels.
2. Are you generally lazy and not a big fan of advanced placement courses? No problem – so is Kansas! Kansas introduced HB 2292
House Bill 2292 would compel Kansas school districts to return to reading, math, science and other standards that were in place in 2010, before the state adopted its Common Core-inspired Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.
3. Finally, I saved the best for last. Are you a teacher who likes to live on the edge? Are you an English teacher who teaches Toni Morrison, but likes a little risk in her life? Well Kansas is the place for you! Kansas just passed in the Senate SB 56 – a bill that can prosecute teachers for teaching “obscenity” to students. You read that right – prosecute, not discipline or reprimand, but prosecute.