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Why some legislators devalue K-12 schools

The Wichita Eagle

Some legislators think it’s a conflict of interest for local school board members to have relatives who work for public schools anywhere in the state. But is the Legislature’s skepticism of K-12 education due to lawmakers’ lack of connection with local schools? The Salina Journal reported that at a recent Salina forum, Rep. Tom Moxley, R-Council Grove, said that of the eight state senators who have school-age children, seven home-school them. And many legislators “think we need competition,” Moxley said. “They think education is a money pit, that there is no end to the amount of money we can spend on education.” – Rhonda Holman