Kansas lawmakers return to session, school funding expected to be big debate topic

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Education is on the minds of many parents, as Kansas lawmakers return to session this week.

The topic has some wondering how much is being done to solve the school funding crisis.

Kansas parents are worried legislators haven't been putting their students first. They say they know cuts need to be made, but don't want it to come at the expense of the students.

“Just for everybody to vote with their hearts and if we have to raise taxes we have to raise taxes,” parent Lisa Limes told FOX 4. “Or, make cuts where they should be.”

Wichita school board president Betty Arnold says the block grant funding lawmakers put in place last year leaves out important areas of funding for students.

“What we're expecting and what we're hoping for, that's a wide gap,” Arnold said.

Some parents agree saying more money is needed going towards sports and extracurricular activities.

With lawmakers back for a new session, parents and educators hope change is on the way.

“Definitely needs to be more funding with sports, I hate the extracurricular activities have been pulled,” parent Amanda Ho said. “I know they'll figure it out. I'm just not sure where the money is going to come from.”

As it stands, those grants are set to expire next year, but there are concerns from top democratic leaders the block grant funding could be extended for another year, but that has not been specifically addressed yet.