As an educator for over 40 years, I know the value of education, especially in rural areas. Education is the great equalizer in America. It is only through education that we can keep our economy strong and our form of government secure. Kansas education ranks in the top 10 nationally, traditionally in the top 3 on every major standardized assessment. I understand that many of our school districts are small by necessity, rather than design. I will work to keep quality education a priority in Kansas. Education was on the forefront at the time of our nation's founding and as Kansas became the 34th state. Our Kansas Constitution addresses education on the very first page of its original Ordinance and devotes 3 of the 8 sections to its preservation.
§ 6: Proceeds to schools. That five percentum of the proceeds of the public lands in Kansas, disposed of after the admission of the state into the union, shall be paid to the state for a fund, the income of which shall be used for the support of common schools.§ 1: School sections. Sections numbered sixteen and thirty-six in each township in the state, including Indian reservations and trust lands, shall be granted to the state for the exclusive use of common schools; and when either of said sections, or any part thereof, has been disposed of other lands of equal value, as nearly contiguous thereto as possible, shall be substituted therefore.
§ 7: School lands. That the five hundred thousand acres of land to which the state is entitled under the act of congress entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of public lands and grant pre-emption rights," approved September 4th, 1841, shall be granted to the state for the support of common schools.
Education on the high plains was a priority for the pioneer families who tilled the soil and planted the Turkey Red Wheat. It's time for experienced, responsible education leadership in the Kansas Senate.