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Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They’re ‘Government Schools’

LEAWOOD, Kansas — Erica Massman, a moderate Kansas Republican, refers to the building where her daughter attends fourth grade as a public school.

Ms. Massman’s mother, whose politics tilt further to the right, calls it something else: a government school.

“My mother, who is a Tea Party person, started saying ‘government schools’ all the time,” said Ms. Massman, recalling when she first heard the phrase around 2010. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow.’”