Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Change in the wind

Kansas Families United for Public Education has an Open Letter to Doug Mays Petition:
The court is acting within the law, it's the legislature that is currently in violation of Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution.

We will not allow you to hold our children's education hostage so that you may advance your political careers.

You should be ashamed of yourselves for spending over $350,000 taxpayer dollars so that you can posture for the TV cameras.

Do you truly believe that Kansans are proud of these stall tactics that you have implemented in Topeka over the last week?

The fact is that you and your handful of followers came to Topeka unwilling to give one thin dime to our schools, and hell-bent on a Constitutional Amendment. Some had even requested the cost of a special election before the court handed down its ruling.
Go sign on!

We need to keep the pressure on to get this compromise measure passed:

House and Senate negotiators agreed today on a $148.4 million education funding package aimed at ensuring public schools open in August and satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court mandate.

Negotiators struck the deal after legislators returned from an extended Fourth of July holiday. The agreement came only two days before a Friday hearing scheduled by the court to hear arguments on why nearly $3 billion in state funds shouldn’t be withheld from the state’s 300 school districts.

The package comes with no strings attached, meaning House members gave up on trying to tie it to passage of constitutional changes to limit judicial power or to delay the distribution of the money. If approved by legislators Wednesday night, the money would be available to schools for their 2005-06 academic year.
I don't know that this is perfect, but it removes the misguided amendments, and seems to allocate the money that our schools need.