Longbine: ESU fares well in funding bill

Public education officials are not happy with the funding bill passed Sunday by lawmakers, but Emporia State University actually comes out OK.


The bill adds back about $1 million of salary cap cuts from last year. ESU will also receive $1 million to establish an honors program and now can sell a married housing complex.

Emporia Sen. Jeff Longbine liked those aspects of the bill, which he says were added late in the process, but he says other factors forced him to vote against the overall bill.

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Specifically, Longbine had a hard time stomaching teacher tenure and due process. He also maintained his concern the Kansas Supreme Court may not like how the bill addresses equity concerns. He says districts like Emporia may wind up losing in the end.

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Gov. Brownback has yet to sign the bill or give a clear indication of whether he will approve. The Supreme Court, which told lawmakers education funding has not been equitably funded for years and told them to find solutions by July, still will have to look over the bill.

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