Funding for education in Kansas faces political debate amid labor shortage – The Topeka Capital-Journal | Team Cansler

As Kansas lawmakers seek solutions to labor shortages, state funding for education remains a politically sensitive issue as politicians recognize the need for schools to create a workforce.

Blake Flanders, president of the Kansas Board of Regents, told the Special Committee on Workforce Development Monday that the talent pipeline faces challenges.

“From what I’ve heard from employers, I’m feeling a little desperate more than ever,” said Flanders. “Employers used to say, ‘We’re not getting exactly the talent that we need, and we want those skills to be developed.’ And now sometimes I hear more, ‘We just need someone to come to work; we need someone to show up.'”

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly promoted workforce development and higher education at the groundbreaking ceremony for Panasonic’s electric vehicle battery plant, funded in part by government incentives. Likewise, recognizing the need for education and people development, Panasonic executives wrote a donation to De Soto schools.

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