Teacher On Protest March From Kansas City To Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A member of a group that advocates for Kansas schools is walking 60 miles to Topeka to talk to lawmakers about improved funding.

Heather Ousley of Merriam began walking Saturday morning from Kansas City and plans to arrive in Topeka tomorrow night... teacher's union members have invited her to attend several legislative sessions Tuesday.

The 35-year-old mother of three is part of Game On for Kansas Schools. She's angered by several legislative proposals, including one to amend the Kansas constitution to give the legislature sole authority to determine funding for public schools, thereby cutting out the courts.

The proposal comes after a Shawnee County District Court ruled in January that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional and ordered legislators to boost spending.

Proposal supporters say the court overstepped its boundaries.