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At-Risk education funding was created to help our hardest to reach students but may be less focused today. KPI education policy fellow, and former public school teacher, discusses in our latest podcast.


David Dorsey Talks About At-Risk School Funding
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David Dorsey explains at-risk school funding in Kansas including what it is, how it came to be and its status under the current block grant funding for Kansas K-12 education. David is an Adjunct Education Policy Fellow with Kansas Policy Institute with 20 ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 18:50:54 +0000
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David Dorsey talks USD 501 and its use of scare tactics in search of a voter-approved Local Option Budget (LOB) increase. http://bit.ly/1Adb9Dg


USD 501 uses scare tactics to justify LOB election
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The USD 501 school board voted unanimously on April 29 to hold an election to increase the district’s local option budget (LOB). They claim the $3 million that could be raised with voter approval is necessary “in the face of state budget cuts.” &
Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:01 +0000
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Our Ed. Policy Analyst David Dorsey traces the history of "at-risk" school funding in the Sunflower State. http://ow.ly/N0qKV


The political and judicial impact of at-risk funding in Kansas - at-risk funding part 3
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Note: Since the undertaking of this at-risk project, the school funding formula has changed to what’s commonly referenced as the block grant system. At-risk funding as a distinct pot of money technically has expired although the money&nb
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John J. Ingalls Spirit of Freedom Award


Image of the inaugural award,
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KPI awards the John J. Ingalls Spirit of Freedom Award to a Kansan who uniquely supports the principles of individual liberty and economic freedom. Captain John D'Aloia, Jr. of St. Marys received the inaugural award in 2012. Click here for a list of award recipients.

The award is named in honor of United States Senator John J. Ingalls (1833 - 1900). Ingalls represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from
1873 - 1891 and served as the President pro tempore of the Senate between the 49th and 51st Congresses. One of Kansas' founding fathers, he coined the phrase that would become Kansas' motto "Ad astra per aspera" and helped draft the state constitution.

In their history of Kansas' political and governmental culture, Drs. H. Edward Flentje (Wichita State Univ.) and Joseph Aistrup (Kansas State Univ.) identify Ingalls as a strong believer in the principles held at both the state's and the nation's founding - limited government and free enterprise. In fact, the quote on the plaque presented to recipients of award is from their work;

I belong to the school of politicians who think that government should interfere as little as possible in the affairs of its citizens. I have no sympathy with the paternal idea, but believe that the best results are attained when people are left to settle the great questions of society by individual effort. All that legislation can do is to give men an equal chance in the race of life.
                           
- Senator John J. Ingalls

Ingalls was certainly a fierce partisan and, at one point, faced accusations of corruption. However, he was later exonerated of the charges by a Senate committee and would go on to be recognized as a leading national figure, drawing occasional presidential speculation.

A native of Massachusetts and a free-stater, Ingalls migrated to Kansas in 1858 to practice law. He ultimately settled in Atchison and held many local, territorial, and state offices. In addition to his political career, Ingalls was a publisher and author of national repute.

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Statue of Sen. Ingalls in the United States Capitol.
A statue of John Ingalls also resides in the United States Capitol as part of The National Statuary Hall Collection; each state is permitted to send statues of two notable citizens to this national collection and Ingalls was joined by President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2003.

Senator John J. Ingalls died on August 16, 1900 in East Las Vegas, New Mexico and is buried in his adopted Atchison.

A biography published by the The University of Kansas Press, "Senator John James Ingalls," quotes a letter in which Ingalls outlines his personal creed;

 I would say that my  creed is simple. I believe in the universal diffusion of political rights, accompanied by sufficient guarantees for the protection of life, the security of property, and the preservation of personal liberty.
                            - Senator John J. Ingalls

 Learn more about Senator John J. Ingalls at the links below;  
Architect of the United States Capitol  
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress  
Kansas Historical Society


Award Recipients

Year
 Name Hometown
2012
 Captain John D'Aloia, Jr. St. Marys
2013 John Todd Wichita
2013 Bob Weeks Wichita