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Statement to media on public school funding

In a press conference held at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce on June 16, 2016, the Overland Park Chamber joined other Johnson County chambers of commerce and Johnson County public school district superintendents in releasing the following statement:

"Johnson County Chambers of Commerce and Johnson County Superintendents from Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner-Edgerton, Olathe and Shawnee Mission strongly recommend the Kansas Legislature fund the school finance formula Local Option Budget equalization at 81.2 percent for purposes of equalization and hold all districts harmless. We believe that this is the best solution for a short-term fix to address the current situation as a new school finance formula is developed."*

Media coverage of this announcement included:

"Johnson County schools representatives advocate for funding," Kansas City Star - click here

"Johnson County schools say Brownback's plan would cost them money, Kansas City Star - click here

"Johnson County districts, chambers call for no school to lose funding in equity dispute," Topeka Capital-Journal - click here

"Johnson County school leaders proposed education funding fix," KMBC Channel 9 - click here

"Johnson County could be key to solving Kansas school funding issue," KMBC Channel 9 - click here

"Johnson County superintendents to lawmakers: Return school funding to way it was," KSHB Channel 41 - click here

"As school funding debate continues in Kansas, JoCo superintendents request $12M," - KCTV 5 - click here

"Johnson County educators, business leaders call for increased funding in Kansas school finance fix," - Fox 4 - click here

"Johnson County leaders meet about education budget," KMBZ Radio - click here

"Johnson County Superintendents: Return to Pre-Block Grant Funding Formula" - KCUR Public Radio - click here


* Statement approved by the Superintendents of Blue Valley Schools, De Soto Schools, Gardner-Edgerton Schools, Olathe Schools, and Shawnee Mission Schools; and De Soto Chamber of Commerce, Gardner-Edgerton Chamber of Commerce, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Leawood Chamber of Commerce, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.

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