• Educational opportunity opponents ignore students’ needs

    Educational opportunity opponents ignore students’ needs0

    Several Kansas state senators spoke at length this week in opposition to a better educational opportunity for students who are deemed academically or financially at-risk by school districts.  They raised (patently false) constitutional violations, said tax credits are loopholes to defund education (not true, but ironically hypocritical), and expressed grave concerns that the institution of

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  • A reminder that low-income students perform better in private schools

    A reminder that low-income students perform better in private schools0

    The eleventh annual National School Choice Week is a perfect time to serve as a reminder that private schools do a better job of getting low-income students college/career ready than public schools. As KPI has shown in previous years, a much higher percentage of students attending parochial schools in Kansas urban areas scored more college/career

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  • Governor’s Commission on Racial Equality and Justice should next turn focus to education

    Governor’s Commission on Racial Equality and Justice should next turn focus to education0

    In the wake of the George Floyd killing and the COVID-19- driven protests/riots that followed across the nation, Governor Kelly established the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice last June. Not surprising was the Governor’s call for the commission to initially focus on law enforcement and criminal justice, following the nationwide outcry for reform

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  • School district hiring underscores need for money-follow-the-child programs

    School district hiring underscores need for money-follow-the-child programs0

    (Editor’s note – this article has been updated with a revised calculation of virtual enrollment; the original article showed a 22,000 total enrollment decline.  Some of the district enrollment changes are also updated.) School districts' decisions to add managers and cut classroom aides is the latest indication that legislators need to approve money-follow-the-child programs toREAD MORE
  • Despite promises, the Biden presidency will have little effect on K-12 education

    Despite promises, the Biden presidency will have little effect on K-12 education0

    Don’t look for much impact on K-12 education when the new administration is ushered in. Why? First and foremost, public education is a state and local function. There is no mention of education in the U.S. Constitution nor any of the amendments pursuant. It was not until 1965 that there was any comprehensive federal education

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  • Kansas should forge ahead with state assessments

    Kansas should forge ahead with state assessments0

    As the calendar turns to a new year and with it the school spring semester, one question for K-12 education is garnering attention: Given the impact of COVID-19, should/will there be state assessments in 2021? It is vital that the state board and KSDE do everything possible to make sure those tests are administered. As

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