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School Funding Debate Gets Heated in the Kansas House

Representative Tom Burroughs speaking last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The school funding debate in the House chamber got heated Thursday. Republican John Whitmer criticized Democrats who were opposing the plan. He said they had not offered a proposal of their own. Whitmer said Democrats have wanted additional funding for schools, but haven’t suggested where to get that money.
That prompted this response from Democrat Tom Burroughs.

“We value Kansas schools, we value Kansas teachers and we value legislators that are willing to work on part of that. You, sir, are an ideologist, a politician," said Burroughs before the lawmaker presiding over the debate banged the gavel to quiet the chamber.
House rules say lawmakers are not allowed to call each other out in the chamber. Burroughs apologized for losing his cool and the debate continued.

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