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"It will take a long time to wade through the 139-page ruling, but even a cursory examination makes it clear that the three-judge panel didn’t let the facts get in the way of their decision. Instead, they made what amounts to a political decision that says the Legislature must increase funding by at least $548 million to meet the Rose standards even though school districts don’t know how to measure those standards." http://kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/124008.aspx


Kansas school funding decision ignores facts in arriving at a political decision
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Today’s ruling on Gannon v. State of Kansas in which the Shawnee County District Court declared school funding to be unconstitutionally low ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts’ contentions.  The three-judge panel ma
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KPI president Dave Trabert on today's ruling in the on-going school finance litigation, "This ruling willfully ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts' contentions. The judges may even have ignored the State Supreme Court's order that adequacy is to be determined on whether outcomes - as defined by the Rose capacities - are being met. The judges essentially dusted off their original decision that was rejected by the Supreme Court and added some new legal jargon attempting to justify their original action in arriving at what is little more than a political decision."

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A plan for balancing the Kansas state budget

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert presents KPI's plan to balance the state's budget without service reductions or tax increases. Trabert spoke a...
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KPI Policy Brief - Student-Focused Funding Solutions for Public Education.pdf
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An analysis for K-12 finance in the state of Kansas.
KPI Analysis - Regents Historical Perspective on State Aid Tuition and Spending.pdf
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A look at spending, tuition, and state aid at Kansas' six state-funded universities over the past ten years.
KSDE Reduced Standards UPDATE Final.pdf
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In June 2012, KPI re-released an analysis entitled "Removing Barriers to Better Public Education," initially released in February 2012. This statement explains the changes in, and reasons for, the update.
KPI Analysis - UPDATED Removing Barriers to Better Public Education.pdf
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After receiving updated information from KSDE, KPI updated this paper from the version that was originally published in February 2012.
KPI Analysis - Removing Barries To Better Public Education.pdf
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This analysis from KPI examines historical data for several measures of student achievement (e.g., ACT tests, NAEP, state exams, etc.) and spending on public education. It concludes that while spending has increased dramatically several different achievement metrics demonstrate that student achievement is relatively flat.
KPI Paper - Expanding Educational Opportunities in Kansas through Online Learning.pdf
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An examination of the history, future, and potential student achievement gains through online education.
KPI Paper - Reinventing The Kansas K-12 School System To Engage More Children in Productive Learning.pdf
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What steps can Kansas take right now to increase student achievement. KPI Education Policy Fellow, Dr. John Merrifield, examines where Kansas students are and where they could go.
KPI - Profile and Comparison of Kansas K-12 Education Levels - Hall December 2010.pdf
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This study investigates links between K-12 education spending and employment levels.
Kansas Policy Institute - Kansas K-12 Spending and Achievement Comparison.pdf
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This study explores whether student achievement is linked to increasing Kansas K-12 education spending.
Education V4.pdf
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Despite the unprecedented controversy, surprisingly little is understood about how much money schools actually receive, how that money is spent or even the basis upon which the court ruled in Montoy.
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