House Minority Leader and Kansas Democratic candidate for Governor Paul Davis was in Marquette Wednesday afternoon to talk to residents about their feelings regarding the closure of the former Marquette Elementary School and to let them know of his goal to restore per pupil school funding to the levels that were there before Sam Brownback took office.
Davis said, "I can't affect your local school board, but what I can do is get these cuts restored at the state level."
In 2008-09, Kansas spent $4,400 in base state aid per pupil. Last year, it was $3,838, according to the Kansas Legislative Research Department.
Mid Kansas Online asked Davis how he proposed to get those restorations made with a Republican legislature in the majority.
Davis said, "I've been working with these folks for twelve years now. I've got a track record of being able to form lots and lots of bipartisan coalitions. I've got a lot of support among Republicans. The other thing is, it's not just Democrats who want to fund schools. Republicans want to fund schools, too. I don't think this is really a partisan issue. In many ways there are geographical alliances that I think can be formed here, too."
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