One big difference between the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and some local chambers is education, the Kansas City Star reported. For example, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce devotes almost half a page of its legislative agenda to K-12 education. It calls for “adequate and equitable funding” of schools and opposes additional education budget cuts. The chamber also supports increased funding for higher education, seeing education as a key to economic development. In contrast, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce does not address education in its legislative agenda and is targeting for defeat moderate GOP lawmakers who have strongly supported public education. The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 agenda lists three items related to education: Funding decisions should be the sole discretion of the Legislature and not the courts. Funding should continue for the National Center for Aviation Training. And “competitive and innovative educational approaches” should be encouraged.
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