• 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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  • NAEP scores – double trouble for Kansas students

    NAEP scores – double trouble for Kansas students0

    The U.S. Department of Education released the 2019 scores for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), and the results are not good for Kansas students. Not only did composite scores drop considerably from 2017, Kansas students are now performing worse than in 2003. Only one in three Kansas 8th graders is proficient in math

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  • The Broken Record Syndrome: More money to education and flat state assessment scores

    The Broken Record Syndrome: More money to education and flat state assessment scores0

    State assessment scores for 2019 remained virtually unchanged from 2018 and slightly lower than 2017 scores despite a court-ordered influx of hundreds of millions of dollars to K-12 public education pursuant to the Gannon lawsuit. Overall, the percentage of all students taking the state assessments – grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 – who

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  • Feds award Blue Ribbons to six Kansas schools – McCarthy Elementary in Hays stands apart

    Feds award Blue Ribbons to six Kansas schools – McCarthy Elementary in Hays stands apart0

    Congratulations to six Kansas schools that were named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The five public schools and one private school that earned the honor are Central Plains Elementary (USD 112), Corinth Elementary (USD 512), Clear Creek Elementary (USD 232), McCarthy Elementary (USD 489), Lakewood Elementary (USD 229) and Holy Rosary

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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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  • KC Star article misses mark on “teacher shortage”

    KC Star article misses mark on “teacher shortage”0

    It wouldn’t be a new school year without the news media running another story that there is a teacher shortage. The Kansas City Star went as far as sounding it at crisis level by headlining a story that the shortage of teachers in the Kansas City area “forces…more unqualified teachers in the classrooms.” The truth

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