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

With elections right around the corner, debate over education policies has begun among the candidates. Kansas Parent Teacher Association represents over 20,000 members across the state and has been advocating for a quality public education for Kansas students since our beginning in Kansas City, KS in 1914.  We continue our work today as the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the state working for all children and families.


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Department announces 4 candidates on Wednesday

The Kansas State Board of Education has identified four candidates for state education commissioner.

State's plan offered schools flexibility but conflicted with federal accountability requirements

Federal education officials have blocked a Kansas plan to let high-schoolers skip state mathematics and English tests and instead focus on college entrance exams and career-oriented tests.

Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. this week

The Shawnee County Election Office will have extended hours this week to assist registered voters who wish to vote early for the Nov. 4 general election, county election commissioner Andrew Howell announced Saturday.

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.