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Investment: The constant battle over if and how we fund public schools needs to end. Public schools, in every single town in every county, need to be fully funded and supported by policy that aims to prepare students to lead this state in the future.
Teachers: Kansas teachers are underpaid. It has to change. We need an education system that reflects the value we place on the role of great educators and how critical they are to preparing our kids to lead this state.
Childhood Education: Access to early childhood education is essential to working parents and critical to a child’s future. We need to expand access for childcare in every community, urban and rural alike. When parents can access safe, reliable, quality early childhood education and care, they can focus on providing the life they want and deserve for their family.
Workforce Training: We need to provide increased paths into technical and vocational training for younger Kansans as well as critical access to continuing education and workforce development programs for older Kansans.
The number of
economically disadvantaged children
in Kansas schools
is rising every year.
Reading proficiency for 8th graders in Kansas dropped from 36% to 32% in 2019.KSDE
Only 1 in 3 Kansas 8th graders is proficient in math or reading.NAEP
Kansas is ranked the 10th-worst state in the nation for early education systems.wallethub.com
There is a 48 point gap between
low-income, and not-low-income
4th grade students in statewide math assessments.
Kansas ranks 35th in the nation for K–12th achievement.EdWeek
Only 25% of Kansas 10th graders tested college or career ready in math.