Rural voters shouldn’t be taken in by Brownback’s efforts to mislead or make us afraid. He is simply trying to divert attention from the fact he has failed to support public education and that will hasten consolidation.

Without adequate funding, small rural districts have no choice but to move faster to merge. -

Next year at this time, the state budget will face a shortfall because Brownback slashed income taxes. Instead, he wants us to believe that rural schools will face funding troubles because of something a former senator said a few years ago.

Sorry, governor, we’re not that dumb. Your diversion tactics are nothing short of demeaning to rural Kansans.