Kansas not alone in failing to restore school funding

Because of the recession and declining revenue, most states cut funding to K-12 education and social services. But now that sales- and income-tax revenues are growing, are states restoring that funding? Not in Kansas and at least seven other states that cut taxes, the website Remapping Debate reported. The article highlighted the dashed hopes of Wichita superintendent John Allison (in photo). “We were told that once the economy improves, our funding would be restored,” Allison said. “But this year, when they did have a choice, a very clear choice, they decided that tax cuts were more important than education.” Allison thinks the resulting loss of tax revenue likely will lead to more funding cuts. “The light at the end of the tunnel has suddenly disappeared,” he said.