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  • School debt sets new records in Kansas

    School debt sets new records in Kansas0

    While student achievement remains relatively low and stagnant, local school boards’ focus on constructing new buildings set a new record for school debt at $6.53 billion for the 2019 school year.  Debt per-student for the 177 districts with bond debt also set a new record at $15,137.  The data comes from the Kansas Department of

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  • K-12 Instruction spending allocation hits new low

    K-12 Instruction spending allocation hits new low0

    The Kansas Education Accounting Manual tells school districts that Instruction – direct interaction between teachers and students – is “…the most important part of the education program, the very foundation on which everything else is built. If this function fails to perform at the needed level, the whole educational program is doomed to failure regardless

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  • 2019 school payroll: 679 employees in 29 districts paid over $100,000

    2019 school payroll: 679 employees in 29 districts paid over $100,0000

    School payroll listings totaling a little over $2 billion for 29 Kansas districts are available for download at KansasOpenGov.org and include 679 employees who were paid more than $100,000 during the 2019 school year. The school payroll listingss posted on KansasOpenGov.org are generally among the largest in Kansas and collectively represent 49% of total enrollment. 

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  • With no accountability, spending increases won’t help students

    With no accountability, spending increases won’t help students0

    The Kansas Department of Education says school funding will increase by more than $500 million this year, but a review of district budgets indicates no shift in spending patterns and that’s not good news for students.  It’s also not surprising, given that there is zero accountability for local school boards and administrators to improve achievement.

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