Top Democrats in the Kansas Legislature sent letters Tuesday to school superintendents, telling them that a Republican school finance plan is flawed.


Top Democrats in the Kansas Legislature sent letters Tuesday to school superintendents, telling them that a Republican school finance plan is flawed.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis have tried to tie the plan to U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, the Republican nominee for governor. But a Brownback aide said he would reject the plan if it reached his desk as governor.

Hensley, of Topeka, and Davis, of Lawrence, sent letters to the state's 293 school districts about a plan by Republican Rep. Arlen Siegfreid. The Democrats also included a spreadsheet from the Kansas Department of Education detailing how much state money districts could potentially lose if the plan became law.

"We've been down this road before, it is truly the road to ruin," the Democrats wrote.

Siegfreid, of Olathe, proposes capping state spending for education and having local school boards decide whether property taxes should increase to offset losses in state aid. Siegfreid has denied working with the Brownback campaign on education funding, saying he has been developing the plan for several months.

Brownback, who faces Democrat State Sen. Tom Holland on the Nov. 2 ballot, denies cooperation. Brownback has proposed freezing state spending and retooling the education funding formula to provide for greater local control, without giving specifics.