Grading Candidates

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Some public school superintendents are wary of the four Republicans running for governor.

In the GOP race are State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger; Senate President Dave Kerr of Hutchinson; Wichita Mayor Bob Knight; and former Eudora superintendent Dan Bloom. The primary is August sixth.

The candidates agree the state isn't spending enough money on schools.

But many superintendents remain skeptical, pointing to candidates' records.

For example, Glen Davis in Smith Center believes tax cuts enacted during the 1990s are partly to blame for schools' financial problems. As House speaker, Shallenburger championed those cuts.

Bob Hightree of Anthony-Harper believes Kansans can see through the political rhetoric and posturing politicians do at election time.

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