State Rep. Greg Smith wants poorly paid Kansas teachers to work for less

Kansas state Rep. Greg Smith thinks schoolteachers should accept pay cuts to “help the students,” as he put it in a recent e-mail. Smith was responding to an e-mail from a teacher and coach at Shawnee Mission East High School, who complained about state budget cuts.

Smith, who also teaches in the Shawnee Mission School District, is knowledgeable about public education. But his 16-point answer to his colleague omitted one crucial piece of information: Teachers in Kansas are already among the lowest-paid in the United States.

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