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Kansans Walk 60 Miles for Education Funding

Schools walk - smallEducation advocates walk to the Kansas Statehouse for a ceremonial end to the trip. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)Four parents and a teacher have walked from Johnson County to the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to show their support for Kansas public schools. The Kansans who made the 60-mile trek say they want lawmakers to reverse more of the funding cuts made during the recession. Devin Wilson, from Lenexa, says he’s a lifelong Kansan and a lifelong Republican. In recent years, his two sons have seen their class sizes increase. Wilson says he wants lawmakers to increase funding to help reverse that trend.

“They’re looking at moving some funding around, and I think you can do that in the short term. But I’m going to live in Kansas for a good long time and my kids are going to stay here. We have to look at some long-term solutions and look at adequate funding,” says Wilson.

The walk started Friday and ended yesterday (MON) with an event at the Statehouse. This is the second year for the walk, organized by the group Game On for Kansas Schools.

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