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School districts blamed for cutting budgets

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, claimed last month that there was no reason for the Auburn-Washburn school district in Topeka to delay some planned projects – “unless they wanted to do it, politically.” Superintendent Brenda Dietrich responded: “We don’t make decisions based on politics.” Now state budget director Shawn Sullivan is also accusing districts of playing politics. He told the Associated Press that some districts are imposing changes in staffing or programs that school administrations already were pursuing but are blaming their moves on the state. “We become the scapegoat,” Sullivan said. – Phillip Brownlee