Today, the Laura Kelly for Kansas campaign released their first television ad of the general election. “Back on Track” focuses on the importance of our public schools, the damage done by the Brownback experiment, and Kelly’s work to improve early childhood education.
“In Kansas, schools are the center of our communities. When Sam Brownback slashed school funding with his tax experiment, he attacked what makes Kansas special,” said Kelly in the ad.
The commercial also points out Kris Kobach’s record of support for the Brownback tax experiment and his promise to repeat it and cut even more from Kansas schools.
“Kris Kobach supported Sam Brownback’s experiment and actually said our schools are overfunded,” said Kelly.
Kobach has repeatedly pledged to return to the same reckless Brownback policies that led to a $900 million budget shortfall and the fifth largest decrease in per-student spending in the country. He also criticized Governor Jeff Colyer for signing the school funding law this year and vowed to begin “cutting spending immediately.” Kobach said our schools are overfunded, and that shabby classrooms without computers are “just fine.”
“For me, doing right by kids has been a lifelong mission. I was proud to lead efforts to pass early childhood education,” said Kelly. “I’m running for governor to undo the harm Brownback and Kobach caused and get our schools and our state back on track.”
In addition to cutting school funding, Kobach supports a constitutional amendment eliminating the right for Kansas children to receive an adequate and equitable education. And he supports diverting state money to support private schools.
Kelly has been a steadfast supporter of Kansas public schools throughout her career. She received the Kansas National Education Association Friend of Education award – the organization’s highest honor – in 2014 and 2018. She was also recently endorsed by Kansas National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers-Kansas, Stand Up Blue Valley, and Education First Shawnee Mission.
Click here for the complete factual back up for the ad “Back on Track.”