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Wichita schools looking for more than 100 teachers.The vacancies are happening that school funding problems are on the minds of qualified teachers.
KAKE News spoke with a teacher who walked away from the classroom in in May and what he feels needs to change.
Brian Huber taught at Maize South High School for years. He left teaching altogether in May.
"Now that I'm on the outside looking in I see both sides of it. I see, I think the money the state is giving the districts doesn't always trickle down to the classroom," says Huber. "In fact rarely does it ever go into the classroom exactly. I think indirectly it does."
Governor Brownback on Monday signed the school funding bill. It increases poor school districts' state funding by $38 million.
This school funding bill will make sure that you see kids on playground throughout KAKEland in the fall. Yet, the bill only covers one year of funding and it doesn't cover the adequacy portion of the lawsuit.
Diane Gjerstad with Wichita Public Schools is working to get more funds into school coffers.
"We are in this lawsuit because schools have been cut, over time and we have not had adequate dollars to educate students to high standards," says Gjerstad.
Yet, according to Huber school funding is not the only frustration for teachers.
"Asking to do more with less," says Huber. "I don't remember a time they took something off our plate. It was always adding to. It added to the frustration."
After leaving teaching Huber started his own business doing laser engraving, but he still thinks about his classroom.
"I'm gonna miss the kids a lot. Teachers are resilient."
Knowing the school funding issue is not over Huber wants lawmakers and school administrators to do one thing.
"Listen to the teachers. They are the ones in the trenches," says Huber. "They are the ones that know the day to day difficulties and what needs to happen."
In order to get the 38 million to fund schools the legislature had to make some cuts.
- $4.1 million will be cut from the Children Initiative Fund.
- The Kansas Department of Transportation lost $5 million to education
- Money gained from the sale of Kansas Bioscience Authority up to $38 million will be used for school funding.