Concerned parents trek to Topeka to call attention to public school funding

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EUDORA, Kan. – Twenty hours on foot. That’s about how long it’ll take a group of concerned Kansas parents to walk from Merriam to the state’s capital, all with the hope of getting Governor Sam Brownback’s attention.

These parents and teachers say each footprint is for the fight for better Kansas schools.

This is the third time the 'Game on for Kansas Schools' advocacy group has made the hike from Merriam to Topeka, in an effort to draw attention to what they call concerns with public school funding. They’ll spend the next few days walking and thinking about Gov. Brownback’s tax cuts, district personnel cuts, and block grants.

One man serves on the school board in Manhattan, Kan., and his daughter starts kindergarten soon. He feels these cuts will ultimately cost the state a well-educated work force, which will be detrimental for Kansas. He says this crisis is real, and personal.

“There are real people and real lives that are being affected. It’s not a number on a sheet somewhere that you want to cut to make the bottom line better for your buddies. If you want to sell education cuts, you need to say it. You don’t need to sell it as a tax cut,” Aaron Estabrook said.

The group will walk about twenty miles each day, and will finish at the capital in Topeka on Monday.