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Future of education in Kansas has some students, teachers and parents uncertain

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JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

In the first of 30 meetings hosted by the Kansas Association of School Boards, the main talking point was one people in the education field know all too well: school funding.

Local educators, legislators and education advocates comprised the audience of the small meeting in the Shawnee Mission School District on Tuesday.

Lawmakers passed the newest version of the funding formula, which replaced the 2-year block grant funding system, at the end of the extended session.

But the formula may not meet the muster of the state Supreme Court. Both sides of the lawsuit commonly known as “Gannon” gave oral arguments in front of the court on July 18.

“It’s no secret that I don’t believe the funding in it went as far as we are likely to be ordered to go. But, in terms of the formula, I am very proud of that formula,” said Republican state Representative Melissa Rooker.

Leaders from the KASB wanted to focus on other issues as well, but discussion always came back to money.

Mark Tallman, with the KASB, says it’s important to talk about funding because it plays a role in educating students and, for Tallman, that is how the state secures a strong economy in the future.

“Nothing is really as critical now as educating people; having a well highly skilled workforce,” said Mark Tallman with the KASB.               

Parent Judith Deedy was in the room and did speak up about her concerns about how the districts are communicating with parents and what can be done better.

Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman and Sen. John Skuball were also at the meeting but neither offered public comment about the funding formula.

The court has not issued its opinion. 

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