Summary: On Thursday, March 2nd, there was a unanimous ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court deciding that Kansas’ education funding was “unconstitutionally low”. This has created a problem for the governor, Sam Brownback. The extremely low budget for public schools has been negatively affecting black, hispanic and poor students, which has resulted in declining test scores, along with graduation rates. The lawmakers have until June 30 to create a new formula for budgeting which will have to solve these problems. Kansas’ budgeting for schools has been called out twice this year now, which shows how big of a problem it has been.
Connection: This connects to segregation in school in the 1950’s, because it endangered children’s education and their right to have the same education as the white children.
Questions: Do you think schools should get more funding? If this were Aragon, how would you react and what would you do? How do you think the lawmakers should solve this problem?