Time for voters to step up

Jerry Marsh
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Most, if not all, readers know of the recent passage of a bill funding Kansas education to the tune of $500 million over the next five years. What interested me most about the passage was the effort to extract legislative approval of a constitutional amendment depriving the Kansas Supreme Court of jurisdiction regarding “suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.” (Article 6, Section 6 of the Kansas constitution) Unfortunately, the effort failed. I support the amendment.

The anticipated effect of the amendment has been misrepresented, most recently in my reading by an opinion piece in the Salina Journal: “No districts or parents could sue for equitable and adequate funding, as the Kansas Constitution mandates.“ I have read the amendment, and to make sure I interpreted it correctly, I contacted Rep. Steven Johnson and he confirmed my interpretation.

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