Democrats Introduce School Finance Plan

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Prairie Village, Kan. -- Democrats chose Mission Valley Middle School in Prairie Village to unveil its school funding plan. TheĀ  school closed its doors in 2011 because of budget cuts, one of seven rounds of cuts Democrats say Kansas schools have implemented in the last three years.

Democrats claim that's left the state's parents with higher fees, larger class sizes for their kids and higher real estate taxes for homeowners.

"I've seen the results of the state budget cuts dramatically in the four years," said Wendy Mueller. "They've been in elementary schools, so the cuts have instantaneous results at the school level. "

Democrats say they want to devote half of the state's excess revenue to boost public education funding. They claim the governor instead would use all of the state's $351 million surplus to provide corporate tax breaks.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's office did not respond to FOX 4's repeated requests for comment on the Democrats plan.

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