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Candidates, groups pretending to back public education


It is both hypocritical and telling that candidates and organizations not known for their support of public education are trying so hard to portray themselves that way this election. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce, for example, is behind a political action committee dubiously named Quality Schools for All Kansas Kids that has sent out mailers falsely portraying pro-education candidates as not really being pro-education. It doesn’t get more cynical than that. But by pretending to care so much about public education, aren’t these groups and candidates admitting that they are out of step with the public? What’s sad, though, is that if these candidates succeed in fooling the public and get elected, they likely will quickly go back to their efforts to underfund and undermine public schools. – Phillip Brownlee