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School board makes plea

February 28, 2001

To the Editor:

The Baldwin School Board has submitted the following resolution urging the creation of additional funding to: Members of the Kansas Senate Education Committee; Members of the Kansas House of Representatives K-12 Education Committee; Members of the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee; Members of the Kansas House of Representatives Appropriations Committee; Representative Dr. Ralph Tanner; Senator Anthony Hensley

From: The Board of Education for USD 348 Baldwin City

Resolution 01-02

Whereas the Kansas Legislature, in 1992, assumed the responsibility of funding Kansas Public Schools:

Whereas the Kansas Legislature, in 1992, pledged to adequately fund Kansas Public Schools;

Whereas the funding provided by the Kansas Legislature since 1992 has failed to even keep pace with inflation;

Whereas local school districts are relying more and more on the use of Local Option Budgets to provide basic educational services to their students;

Whereas the growing reliance on Local Option Budgets is contrary to the pledge made by the State Legislature to its Public Schools in 1992;

Whereas the shortage of qualified and certified teachers continues to increase across the State;

Whereas teacher salaries and benefits across the State of Kansas are not competitive with jobs in the private sector requiring equal or less training;

Whereas teacher salaries and benefits across the State of Kansas are not competitive with those found in surrounding States;

Whereas the teacher shortage is a national problem and school districts outside of Kansas now actively recruit Kansas teachers;

Whereas it is becoming more and more difficult to attract and retain quality employees in our public schools due to the low wages and lack of benefits;

Whereas educational services and accountability as mandated by the Kansas Legislature since 1992 have increased;

Whereas Kansas Public Schools are recognized nationally for their high levels of student achievement;

Whereas Kansas Public Schools are in danger of sinking into mediocrity due to the lack of funding provided by the State of Kansas;

Whereas we rely on our elected representatives to make tough decisions and have courage in the face of adversity;

Whereas we expect our elected representatives to honor their commitment to adequately fund Kansas Public Schools;

Whereas the USD 348 Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution advocating an increase in the state sales tax solely to fund public education;

Be it resolved that the State Legislature pass legislation to increase the state sales tax to be used solely for public education.

Sincerely,

Ed Schulte
Board President
USD 348

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