School funding topic dominates chamber’s legislative update breakfast
One of the most controversial issues of the session, school funding, topped the agenda at a legislative forum this past weekend in Leavenworth.
"This issue touches every Kansan," Representative Kenny Wilk said told the audience at the monthly legislative update breakfast Saturday morning at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.
Three school finance plans, including one that Wilk co-wrote, have been introduced in the Legislature. More are likely on the way.
"At the end of the next two weeks, there will be so much confusion that nobody in Topeka will know what is going on," Wilk said. "A tremendous amount of work goes into this research."
Last week, Wilk, along with Sen. Nick Jordan, R-Shawnee, presented what Wilk called a 10-point plan for a 10-year commitment to Kansas public education.
Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, said she had qualms she had about Wilk and Jordan's plan, mainly because it doesn't call for new taxes.
"We'll go ahead and pass the bill and then we'll see what the black robes say about it," Ruff said, referring to the justices on the Kansas Supreme Court, who have told lawmakers that they aren't adequately funding Kansas' public schools.
Ruff has indicated she favors a plan in which school districts within counties of fewer than 26,000 people would have to consolidate into a single countywide district.
The chamber will play host to another legislative update breakfast March 19.