Kris Kobach’s Education Plan: Require 75 Percent Funding for the Classroom

In the final week of his run for Kansas governor, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is touting his education agenda, which centers on the classroom rather than administrators.

Kobach says Kansas’s debate over public education funding has focused too heavily on the amount of funding, rather than where taxpayer funds are being spent.

Under Kobach’s education plan, it will be mandatory for 75 percent of the state’s education budget to be spent on classroom instruction. Currently, only a little more than half of the state’s education budget is spent inside the classroom.

“Secretary Kobach envisions a public school system in which teachers are paid what they’re worth and student outcomes improve,” Kobach campaign spokeswoman Danedri Herbert told Breitbart News.

Kobach’s shifting of education funding in Kansas is intended to break with a 20-year trend where the number of students and teachers in public school increased by less than 20 percent, but the number of managers and administrators increased by 40 percent.

In a recent ad, Kobach also highlighted his planned initiative as governor to expand job training across the state to ensure a high-wage workforce.

Kobach has been in a near tie with his left-wing Democrat opponent Laura Kelly in almost every recent poll. The election for Kansas governor is November 6.

Editor’s Note: Kris Kobach is a columnist for Breitbart News. 

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

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