Strengthening Public Education

Education is a core value of Kansans; therefore, investing in public education at all levels has been, and always will be, a top priority of Kansas Democrats. The success of our children and our communities depends on quality schools with educators who have successfully completed teacher education programs and are licensed through the Kansas Department of Education. A quality education depends on quality teachers. The success of our economy depends on a well-educated and well-trained workforce. Respect for and retention of educators are fundamental goals of Kansas Democrats.

Kansas Democrats support adequate and equitable funding for K-12 public education as required by the Kansas Constitution. There is no higher priority for our tax dollars and there is no higher commitment for Kansas Democrats. We support ending the tax credit program for corporations and individuals which funds scholarships for private K-12 schools.

Kansas Democrats support attracting and retaining professionally licensed teachers. We must fund stellar teacher education programs and provide competitive compensation packages, and reinstate due process for public school teachers.
Prosperity and job creation in the 21st century depend on vocational and technical training, community colleges and universities in Kansas. We support a return of adequate funding for all higher education.

Kansas Democrats believe we cannot place all of the burden of increasing costs of higher education on students alone through increasing tuition. We support tuition free community colleges for Kansans.

Kansas Democrats believe that education should be funded responsibly and that education policy should include early childhood through post-secondary education, including vocational and technical education, and comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education.

Kansas Democratic Party Platform
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