Dear Governor Brownback and Republican Lawmakers,
Nothing says summertime bummertime like the Kansas Supreme Court handing down the big KS education decision on May 27th right before the kick off of the holiday weekend.
“This case requires us to determine whether the State has met its burden to show that recent legislation brings the State’s K-12 public school funding system into compliance with Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution,” the court wrote in an opinion not attributable to any individual judge. “We hold it has not.”
The ruling allows me to use my favorite hashtag #NotShocked.
Gov. Sam Brownback issued a more terse statement calling the decision “unfortunate” and that “The court is engaging in political brinksmanship with this ruling, and the cost will be borne by our students.”
That darn Supreme Court and their “political brinkmanship”. I’ll just leave this article about six school districts closing early due to lack of funds riiiiggghhht here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/22/kansas-schools-funding_n_7112702.html
Some people call it lack of snow days, others call it a $50 million dollar cut in funding. Some say tomato….
Lets stay focused on what really matters here – not our kids and funding their schools but political brinkmanship. It’s kinda like when a group has an agenda, a radical one, and they go in and carry out that radical agenda with dire consequences to the state. Where have I heard that before?
For some reason the phrases “tax cuts” and “revenue problems” keep popping up in my mind. I must be light headed from too much sun time at the pool.
Anyhoo…now you have until June 30th to fix this mess. I want to be viewed as a team player so I added this handy-dandy countdown clock to my blog. It is counting down the days until June 30th when a new funding formula must be in place or Kansas schools run the risk of closing.
Naming this clock was a bear. Some of the ideas I had were:
- The KS Public Education Catastrophe Countdown
- The Countdown to KS Public Education Total Annihilation
- The Countdown to KS Public Education Dumpster Fire
- The countdown to the end of your political careers
I settled on KS Public Education Implosion. I can change it – so let me know if you have any ideas. Always here to help.
Yours for detesting political brinkmanship,