Gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach has demonstrated an ability misinform citizens at a rate unmatched in Kansas politics.

           In June, a federal judge sanctioned Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for "a pattern and practice . . . of flaunting disclosure and discovery rules" in litigation challenging controversial election reforms Kobach had championed

          Kobach made the erroneous claim that tuition hikes at state universities and community colleges wouldn’t have been necessary if the so-called Dreamers weren’t allowed to pay lower in-state rates.

          Kobach made a bogus claim at the State Fair asserting a Kansas high school had a large number of assistant principals. Turned out his number was correct but it was for two schools, not one.

          A pillar of his platform for election as governor of Kansas is an attack on spending in public education. While the total spent has been the subject of a major disagreement between the legislature and the Kansas Supreme Court, Kobach has taken a different tact suggesting not enough of state funds end up in the classroom.

          Obviously without any fact checking this sounds good, but the truth is Kansas does well in terms of efficiency when compared to other states and our peers.

          Kobach’s suggestion that 75% of funds should go to the classroom sounds great but is very misleading.

          Here’s a look at the numbers.

          53.6% of Kansas education dollars go for “Instruction.” Teachers, paras, aides, coaches, classroom materials and books.

          4.8 goes for “Student Support.” Counselors, health, attendance, social workers, psychology, speech and hearing services.

          “Staff Support” gets 3.3% - library, technology, and assessment

          That’s 61.7% straight to instruction!

          The balance goes for these areas: Transportation, Food Services, Administration (only 4.9%), Maintenance, Construction, Debt Service, Human Resources and related services,  and Superintendents and Board of Education staff (2.1%).

          Many of these other expenses like Transportation and Food Service are mandated.

          It’s popular for Kobach to suggest spending more in the classroom, but what do you cut? The library, technology, safety, maintenance?

          I’m thinking you get the picture.

          Kris Kobach is not to be trusted. He has chased imagined voter fraud, led several cities to adopt immigration laws that ended up not being enforceable and now is misleading Kansas voters about public education.

          He is not the leader Kansas needs.  

          I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about!

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