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  • $1.2 billion city and county payrolls online

    $1.2 billion city and county payrolls online0

    City and county payrolls in the state’s more populated areas grew faster than inflation in 2018.  The nine counties with comparable data listed in the adjacent table collectively had a 3.5 percent payroll increase and the ten cities with comparable data increased payroll by 3.1 percent on average.  Inflation, by comparison, was just 1.9 percent.

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  • KS has 15th highest state aid per-student, moving toward top ten

    KS has 15th highest state aid per-student, moving toward top ten0

    Education data for all 50 states  just released by the U.S. Census shows Kansas had the 15th highest state aid in 2017 at $8,130 per-student.  Additional funding provided since then puts state aid in excess of $9,000 per-student, which would put Kansas among the ten highest in the nation.  New Jersey had the 10th highest

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  • State school funding per-pupil ranked #16 in U.S.

    State school funding per-pupil ranked #16 in U.S.0

    U.S. Census data shows Kansas had the 16th highest state school funding per-pupil in 2016 at $7,970, based on headcount enrollment and total state aid of $3.9 billion.  Legislators therefore provided state aid that was 22 percent above the national average of $6,546 back in 2016 and KSDE estimates state aid will be $4.5 billion

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  • Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters

    Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters0

    The March 2019 issue of the Kansas PTA MythBusters begins with this statement: “Be aware that statistics can be used to provide clarity or to create a cloud of doubt to misdirect.”  It then proceeds with a litany of misdirection, including: Misdirection #1: “over $1 billion in cuts made to public schools…” since 2009 Fact:

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