Senator Vratil was raised in Pawnee County, and I know he understands very well the plight of rural Kansas schools. When he made his remarks in 2011, he was pointing out that austere budgets make it hard for all school districts to continue to provide services, and the most vulnerable and least able to survive are small rural school districts.
Those who perennially advocate for less funding for public education must surely understand that some rural school districts will be squeezed out of existence. So while they publicly voice their opposition to forced consolidation, their actions reveal that the disappearance of small rural Kansas school districts is not a concern to them and in fact they are hoping for that outcome. But of course they prefer the subtle consolidation by starvation over the more open and obvious forced consolidation.
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