Advertisement slams Derek Schmidt’s record on school funding
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – In the Kansas gubernatorial race, there is a strong focus on issues of education and schools. Ads from both parties addressed the issue, trying to support their specific candidate at the expense of the other. For 12 News FactFinder, Shawn Loging examines claims in a video supporting Democratic Governor Laura Kelly paid for by the Kansas Democratic Party. This follows 12 Factfinder’s previous review of claims made against Kelly in an ad supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Governor Laura Kelly has called herself the “Governor of Education.”
Claim 1: “Governor Laura Kelly has fully funded public schools four years in a row. »
To verify this claim, you must set Fully Funded. the ad, paid for by the Kansas Democratic Party, refers to the K-12 budget approved by Governor Kelly. This budget meets school funding levels required by the Constitution, and the settlement was reached following the Gannon lawsuit.
Claim 2: “(Derek) Schmidt says he would fully fund schools as required by the constitution, but in the Senate he supported a bill to keep schools underfunded.”
That claim dates back to 2005, when Attorney General Derrek Schmidt was Kansas Senate Majority Leader. Schmidt was among the votes to pass the school funding bill that year. He increased school funding by $140 million, but the Kansas Supreme Court ruled he had failed to adequately fund public schools. It was then resolved in a special session.
Statement 3: “How can Schmidt claim to be a better choice in education when he chose Sam Brownback over Kansas students, teachers, and parents?”
The Kansas Democratic Party points to the Brownback tax experiment, which resulted in cuts to school funding, including in 2015, when $44.5 million was cut from K-12 and ‘Higher Education.
Where Schmidt comes in is through his role as Attorney General. He was part of the state’s legal team in the state’s legal fight against the Gannon School’s financial lawsuit, which included appealing lower court rulings to the state Supreme Court.
This mirrors claims verified in other advertisements that have been shown.
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