TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas teachers and other education advocates are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse and arguing that the state is still not spending enough money on its public schools. The American Federation of Teachers and the Kansas National Education Association organized today's (SAT) rally. The rally and other events came on the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional.
Education advocates suggested during a discussion before the rally that a lack of resources for public schools is preventing the U.S. from living up to Brown's promise of equal educational opportunities for all children. Kansas lawmakers recently enacted a plan to boost aid for poor school districts but attached policy provisions favored by conservative Republicans. One encourages corporate-funded, private-school scholarships for at-risk children.