Kansas gubernatorial candidates on K-12 school funding: Democrat Laura Kelly

first_imgWe’re continuing with the Kansas gubernatorial candidates’ responses to our invitation to share their thoughts on how to handle the Supreme Court’s ruling directing the legislature to invest more money in K-12 schools.Here is what Democrat Laura Kelly, the Topeka state senator who is the only woman in the race, had to say:In 2005, I began my very first legislative session. That year, our schools were in crisis and we were headed to a special session. In the end, Democrats and moderate Republicans came together to forge a path towards stronger schools. We passed a multi-year plan that invested in our kids and made great schools a top priority.Unfortunately, in 2009 the Great Recession hit, hindering our state’s ability to keep the promises made to our schools. Then, in 2011, the Brownback/Colyer Administration cut schools even more to fund their ill-conceived tax experiment. We must correct these years of neglect and once again invest in our schools.I greatly appreciate the Shawnee Mission Post’s interest in real, concrete solutions. Quite frankly, for a policy wonk like me, it’s refreshing and exciting. Kansas faces many challenges, but our schools are the most urgent.First, we face a deadline in April to address the fundamental inequality of our school funding formula. To remedy the problems outlined by the Kansas Supreme Court, I would encourage support of House Bill 2445 sponsored by Rep. Melissa Rooker (R-Fairway). This bill changes distribution of at-risk funding, eliminates the expanded use of Capital Outlay Funds, and updates the way we calculate the Local Option Budget. These are all important changes needed to address the Court’s ruling.Also, a cost of living index should be built into the formula requiring the state to adjust spending annually. This will help us meet our constitutional responsibility to adequately fund public schools as the economy and other factors change.Next, the Kansas Department of Education has requested that we hire 150 school counselors, social workers, or psychologists every year for five years. These positions are of the utmost importance to our students. I would recommend that these positions be hired by community mental health centers or other local behavioral health partners so that they would be available year-round, even when school is not in session. We would ask that the Court recognize this as a good faith effort to target the 25% of children at the highest risk.Kansas must also make sure all schools – no matter their size or location – receive the support they need. We are currently conducting a survey to determine how individual schools would spend additional dollars. The results will help the Legislature tailor spending to our unique communities.The Legislature already appropriated an additional $293 million for Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019. I supported that measure last session. With the changes to the formula above, this additional money will be more fairly distributed. I will also support a multi-year plan that increases funding significantly over the next three years.With state revenue currently exceeding estimates, I’m confident we can add the additional funding through 2020. I would recommend using money from the ending balance in 2018 and 2019 and then establishing a “trust fund” for 2020.Thanks to bi-partisan cooperation last year, the Legislature was able to reverse the Brownback tax plan. Kansas is now on a path to recovery. Before we alter the tax code further, we should let the dust settle on the 2017 changes, as well as changes made at the federal level.Lastly, it is critical that the Court retain jurisdiction of this case to ensure that the Legislature follows through on these promises to our schools. During the past 8 years, Kansas children have been short-changed. As governor, I will make our schools my top priority. And I will use my budget expertise to ensure Kansas can continue to meet the needs of our students in the years to come.last_img read more

Official Funeral & Day of Mourning for former senator

first_img Share Tweet Photo compliments Dr Lennox HonychurchFormer senator, Swanston Suriton Carbon, will be afforded an official funeral on Saturday, September 13, 2014, a government press release indicates.Mr Carbon, 68, died on August 31, 2014 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.The Government of Dominica has declared Saturday, September 13, 2014 an official day of mourning as a mark of respect for Mr Carbon, who was a former deputy speaker of the House of Assembly. The Dominican flag will be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State on the day of mourning.On July 16, 1990 Swanston Carbon was elected to serve as Deputy – Speaker of the House of Assembly a position which he held till May 15, 1995. Following the Dominica Freedom Party’s landslide election victory in the 1980 general elections, Swanston Carbon was appointed a Government Senator on July 30, 1980. He was re-appointed Senator on July 22, 1985 and again on June 1, 1990. In the 2000 general elections, Mr Carbon was a candidate for the Dominica Freedom Party in the Roseau South Constituency. He served on the Roseau City Council from 1978 to 1985. Up until the time of his death he was an executive member of the Dominica Freedom Party. In his younger days he was an ardent member of the JAYCEES Club.Swanston Carbon was born in Glanvillia, Portsmouth on September 6, 1945 and lived in the community of Wallhouse for a number of years. He was the owner and Managing Director of Carbon Refrigeration Services Ltd and leaves to mourn his wife Corinthia and children Stonneal, Armsby, Lennard, Lisa-Marie and Kitwanie. President Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mrs Skerrit, Cabinet members, Speaker of the House of Assembly, members of Parliament, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other Government Officials are expected to attend the Official Funeral.Public viewing shall be from 2:00pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church in Newtown. The Official Funeral Service will commence at 3:00pm. The late Swanston Carbon will be laid to rest at Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Official Funeral & Day of Mourning for former senator by: – September 10, 2014 119 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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