Thursday, June 16, 2005



Rep. Kathe Decker, R-Clay Center, chairwoman of the Kansas House Education Committee admitted Tuesday she was passing along rumors she'd heard -- but hadn't bothered to verify -- in a column written for local newspapers accusing a number of school districts of frivolous spending.

In response to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling forcing legislators to boost school funding, Decker wrote that the Lakin school district spent $250,000 on an activities bus; that the Salina district installed artificial turf on a sports field; and that the Dodge City district was rumored to have purchased a $20,000 desk for its superintendent.

All of Decker's allegations have since been proven false. She issued a statement Tuesday grudgingly apologizing "to the school superintendents who feel they were maligned by my article."


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