Adequately & Equitably Funding Public Schools:
In 2018, Anthony Hensley retired from his high school alma mater, Highland Park High School. He was an educator 43 years, and understands that public schools are the very foundation of a strong economy.
During the 2019 Legislative Session, Anthony Hensley served as a key negotiator for the bipartisan school funding plan that finally put an end to years of ongoing school finance litigation.
As Kansas moves forward on the path of recovery from the economic downturn caused from the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime, he remains committed to protecting critical investments in public education.
Sam Brownback may be gone, but his allies continue to serve in the Kansas Legislature. They contributed to some of the deepest cuts and worst mismanagement of public schools in Kansas history. They threatened the quality of education Kansas children receive all across our state.
Class sizes increased. Schools closed. Test scores dropped. Our best teachers relocated to other states and enrollment in teaching programs at our state colleges plummeted.
Anthony Hensley knows that Kansas children can’t afford to go back to Brownback/Colyer-era levels of school funding and reckless policies. They all deserve to receive a first class education that prepares them for a bright future in an ever-changing society.
Improving Higher Education:
At no time in our history has a quality education been more essential to a prosperous economic future. Our state can create a highly-skilled workforce that will attract new businesses and ensure our state is responsive to the needs of industry only when it provides proper funding to institutions of higher education.
During the Brownback/Colyer-era, higher education budgets were repeatedly slashed to help make up for the revenue shortfalls from his failed tax experiment.
Fortunately, under Governor Kelly, these cuts to higher education have started to be restored. Anthony Hensley pledges to continue protecting critical investments in our community colleges and Regents Universities.
As a parent who helped pay their daughter’s tuition at Emporia State University, he knows the financial hardship facing many working families. He will continue to support new scholarships to help more deserving Kansas students, especially those from working families, afford college.
Because not all high school graduates are college-bound, he will also continue to support the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority, which matches new and current workers with the training and skills needed to succeed in the workforce.