KASB President Miller interviewed on national broadcast about Kansas school funding situationScott Rothschild
On a national radio broadcast Monday, KASB President Dayna Miller said she is hopeful that new Gov. Jeff Colyer will work to secure the funds needed to improve public education in Kansas and resolve the school finance litigation.
“We have a good relationship with Gov. Colyer and so we’re hopeful that that means an increase (in funding) and that means support throughout the Legislature,” Miller said during an interview on The Takeaway. Here is a link to the broadcast.
The show highlighted Kansas’ fiscal problems and Colyer’s ascension to the governor’s office after Sam Brownback left to become ambassador at large for international religious freedom in President Donald Trump’s administration.
Miller, also a member of the Basehor-Linwood USD 458 school board, noted that Colyer, the former lieutenant governor, has recently spent a lot of time visiting schools and working with Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and the State Board of Education.
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled the school finance system inadequate and ordered a fix by April 30. Miller said schools have dealt with budgetary setbacks during most of Brownback’s administration by making cuts to staff and programs and increasing class sizes.
“We are very hopeful that our state Legislature will come up with an appropriate and adequate funding plan,” Miller said.
In addition to Miller, the show featured Kansas Public Radio correspondent Stephen Koranda.