Legislature Passes School Finance Bill, Education Reforms

Apr 7, 2014 by AFP

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity applauded the Kansas Legislature’s passage of a school finance bill. The bill, approved Sunday evening, includes a number of education reforms.

“The removal of teacher tenure was a great win for Kansas students,” said AFP-Kansas State Director Jeff Glendening. “Our kids deserve to have the best teachers, and Kansas parents must have the assurance their children are being taught by teachers in which they believe.

“We appreciate the willingness of the Legislature to place the interests of Kansas children over the welfare of the teacher’s union.”

Aside from removing teacher tenure, Americans for Prosperity had supported other elements of the bill, including tax credits to assist at-risk Kansas students with scholarships, and restoring funding for Kansas virtual schools.

“The restoration of funding for virtual schools was also a key component of this education reform package,” Glendening said. “Virtual schools offer an extremely cost-effective element of school choice for all Kansas students.”

With passage in both Kansas chambers, the bill now awaits approval from Gov. Sam Brownback.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.  For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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