• With no accountability, Gannon plaintiffs prioritize non-Instruction hiring

    With no accountability, Gannon plaintiffs prioritize non-Instruction hiring0

    After suing taxpayers for more than $1 billion on the premise that funding wasn’t adequate to educate students, the four plaintiff districts collectively allocated just 15% of their new hires last year to teachers, teacher aides, and special education paras. USD 500 Kansas City was the worst offender, eliminating 32 classroom positions while added 253

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  • College remediation rates improving, but still too high

    College remediation rates improving, but still too high0

    There’s good news and bad news regarding the number of recent high school grads who enter Kansas colleges and universities and find themselves having to take a developmental (remediation) course. The good news is that the percentage of those students seems to be ticking downward. The bad news is that still about one-quarter of all

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  • Record-setting levels of Freedom in Kansas Legislature

    Record-setting levels of Freedom in Kansas Legislature0

    The results of our 2019 Kansas Freedom Index show freedom in Kansas is on the march…at least in the Kansas Legislature. The 2019 Kansas Freedom Index set records for high scores with 52 legislators scoring at least 86%. That’s good news. The results also confirmed what we’ve known for years – party identification has very

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  • KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding

    KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding0

    There isn’t a single legitimate study proving that spending more money caused achievement to improve (proving causation is much different than believing in the notion), but that’s the underlying premise of KASB’s spending and achievement claims.  Money matters, but it’s how money is spent that can make a difference, and achievement will remain stubbornly low

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  • KASB falsely ranks Kansas 9th best education achievement in the country

    KASB falsely ranks Kansas 9th best education achievement in the country0

    Question: How can Kansas have the 9th best achievement in the nation when achievement rankings on NAEP and ACT range from the mid-teens to the low 30s? Answer: When KASB heavily weights things that don’t measure academic learning. The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) has released its fourth annual report called “Comparing Kansas.” KASB

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  • School funding decision doesn’t end litigation

    School funding decision doesn’t end litigation0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s June 14 ruling that school funding now meets the court’s definition of being constitutionally adequate is likely just a ‘time-out’ in school funding litigation.  The decision doesn’t preclude schools from taking further legal action, either within the current Gannon litigation or with another lawsuit.  And just like large funding increases in

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