TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- School funding will remain a top priority if he wins a second term this fall, Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) told a group of supporters on Monday.
Gov. Sam Brownback lays out his educational plan on August 25, 2014 (WIBW)
Brownback outlined his education agenda in series of stops throughout the day, including one in Topeka.
He says a key goal is for 85% of high school graduates to earn an industry-recognized technical certification, be accepted into a higher education institution, or join the military.
He also touted a funding measure approved last years that he said put more money into schools.
"It put another $30 million into the system, a number of people's property taxes are going down because of this, more money into the classrooms as well," he told the crowd.
"We have record amounts of money going into K through 12 classrooms," he continued. "The formula is now back in equalization as the court has ordered."
Brownback also pointed out that his Democratic challenger St. Rep. Paul Davis (D-117th) voted against a school funding bill in this past session.
Davis responded that he did so because it tied additional money to a measure eliminating some job protection rights for teachers. Davis also says Brownback has cut school funding, not increased it as his opponent claims.
Davis says Kansas faces a $1 billion budget deficit in 5 years and "Kansans should not only reject his empty promises, they should expect deeper cuts to our classrooms if he is reelected."