Gubernatorial Candidates

Candidate Name Party  
Paul Davis / Jill Docking D Survey Results
Sam Brownback / Jeff Colyer R No Response
Keen A. Umbehr / Joshua J. Umbehr L No Response

Average state teacher salary is about $47,300
At 10:30 on a recent Tuesday morning, the lesson in Beth Maloun’s classroom, where she sat at a table for two with 8-year-old Mason Stadler, was about recognizing patterns.
Laid out in front of them was a series of alternating cartoon drawings — stegosauruses, brontosauruses and other ancient creatures.
“Pterodactyl, pterodactyl,” the Berryton Elementary teacher read aloud, repeating the names of various dinosaurs each time their images cropped up in the patterned rows.
Resting his head on the palm of one hand, Mason scanned his options then placed one cut-out dinosaur, then another, into the scattered gaps in the rows. An occasional wrong answer prompted an inquisitive response from Maloun, encouraging the second-grader to try again.

TOPEKA — A Kansas Center for Economic Growth report finds Kansas’ public schools are struggling with crowded classrooms, fewer teachers and other challenges after seeing their state operational funding cut repeatedly since the recession in 2009 -- with no relief in sight because of ongoing, scheduled tax cuts that exceed revenue losses experienced during the Great Recession.

Educators are being asked to do more with less, challenging their ability to provide a quality education to Kansas kids. This threatens the state’s economic future, because a well-educated, highly skilled workforce is increasingly important to attracting jobs that pay well and create widespread prosperity.  Read more

TOPEKA (AP) — A Kansas Association of School Boards report finds the increase in children receiving free or discounted meals is tied to increasing poverty rates and is not a ploy to boost school funding.

Over the past 15 years, the number of students eligible for the meals has swelled from 33 percent to 50 percent, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

08/25/2014 7:43 PM

TOPEKA - Gov. Sam Brownback pushed back Monday against criticism that he has underfunded education or targeted teachers during his first term as he unveiled his education platform at events in Topeka and Merriam.

The governor sought to dispel a commonly repeated criticism that he has cut education funding. “We’ve got record amounts of money going into the K-12 classroom,” Brownback told a small crowd in Topeka.

His Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, told a crowd in Wichita the opposite on Saturday.

TOPEKA — The state’s largest teachers union filed a lawsuit against the state in Shawnee County on Monday, alleging that a recent school finance bill violated the Kansas Constitution’s “one-subject rule” by combining appropriations with policy.

The Kansas National Education Association’s lawsuit calls for a provision that eliminates a state mandate for due process hearings before a public school teacher can be fired to be severed from the rest of H.B. 2506, legislation meant to address a Supreme Court order for more equitable funding between districts.

WICHITA - Federal authorities have filed securities fraud charges against Kansas accusing the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its underfunded public employee pension system.

Teachers union says changes to due process unconstitutional

The state’s main teachers union filed a lawsuit Monday in Shawnee County district court against a controversial law that strips due process from teachers.

The Kansas National Education Association is challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 2506, which the Legislature passed in April and Governor Sam Brownback signed into law later that month.

TOPEKA - Kansas will face a budget shortfall of $238 million by the end of July 2016, the Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff said in a new forecast predicting that the gap will emerge a year sooner than it had anticipated.

The Legislative Research Department’s new budget forecast also showed a lower figure for the state’s cash reserves on June 30 than the cash-on-hand figure reported last month by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration — $380 million compared with nearly $435 million.

State has lower cash on hand than reported last month by Brownback administration

Kansas will face a budget shortfall of $238 million by the end of July 2016, the Legislature's nonpartisan research staff said Friday in a new forecast predicting that the gap will emerge a year sooner than it had anticipated.