• School cash reserves set new record at $2.3 billion

    School cash reserves set new record at $2.3 billion0

    In yet another affront to students and taxpayers, school districts increased cash reserves by $107 million last year, setting a new record of $2.3 billion.  The largest portion, operating cash reserves, increased from $942 million to $998 million.  Cash set aside for debt payments went from $605 million to $649 million, capital outlay reserves increasedREAD MORE
  • Public education a recession-proof industry

    Public education a recession-proof industry0

    Amidst all the attention over when and how schools reopen, one topic has been overlooked. In an economy that has been decimated with unemployment in the wake of COVID-19, those in the education community have escaped facing the same economic reality as many of their patrons. Buoyed by federal dollars through the CARES Act and

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  • State’s competency-based education plan doomed to be a non-starter

    State’s competency-based education plan doomed to be a non-starter0

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, KSDE has developed a 1,190-page document (yes, 1,190 pages!) –Navigating Change: KANSAS’ GUIDE TO LEARNING AND SCHOOL SAFETY OPERATIONS – to assist school districts in reopening this fall. The “guidance document” features a competency-based approach that schools may choose to adopt. From the discussions among those involved one would

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