Schools are at the center of race for Kansas governor as Schmidt and Kelly court parents

For the first time in 16 years, Kansans will vote for their governor when the state is neither in the midst of a school funding lawsuit nor on the brink of one.

But education remains at the forefront of the contest between incumbent Democratic Gov.

 Laura Kelly and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the Republican challenger.

Kelly and her allies have spent months touting her work to infuse funds into public schools

She has promised to do more, while warning the state could fall back into underfunded schools under Schmidt

Schmidt has argued the increased funding of schools was made meaningless

If we’ve got more kids in financial distress?” asked Brian Connell,

Schmidt retorted that Kelly was attacking parents