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Excel in Education

Education is the most important function of Kansas government. Kansas invests over 50% of our budget to educating the future leaders of our state. This important function must be funded, but we must balance our budget and expend state resources in an efficient manner. Kansans want an education system that prepares our students to succeed. We have focused our resources so that all teachers and students in Kansas Excel in Education.


  • Increased total state aid to schools by over $200 million from FY 2010 to 2015.
  • Implemented a career and technical education initiative which pays tuition for all career and technical education courses taken by high school students and rewards the school district with $1,000 for each student who receives an industry-recognized certificate.
  • Increased students receiving industry-recognized certificates by 23% in one year.

Higher Education

  • Stabilize funding so our public universities remain strong to power a robust 21st Century Kansas economy.
  • University of Kansas earned the National Cancer Institute designation in July 2012.
  • Working with federal partners to build the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility at K-State.