March 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM The ‘Kansas Revolution’ And School Funding Equity
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that underfunded poor schools are unconstitutional. So now what, in Kansas and across the country?
In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, leans in to listen to Xen Hesse as the two each lunch at Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. (AP)
Everybody talks about Americans lifting themselves up, competing in the 21st century, through education. But what we spend on the education of children of the affluent versus the middle class and poor is often quite different. This equity issue has just come to a head in Kansas. In a time of economic setback and conservative supremacy, Kansas cut back on state spending that had helped balance educational resources. Last week, the Kansas Supreme Court said no. Some equity between rich and poor districts matters. This hour On Point: the Kansas story, and educational equity in America.