• 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

    READ MORE
  • 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. 

    READ MORE
  • 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

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • KSDE: school funding will be $15,105 per pupil this year

    KSDE: school funding will be $15,105 per pupil this year0

    The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) says school funding will average $15,105 per pupil for the current school year.  That’s more than a 7% increase over last year’s record of $14,085 per pupil.  KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis provided the information in an email to Kansas Policy Institute this week. KSDE estimates total aid at

    READ MORE
  • New report provides more evidence that Kansas education is not Top 10

    New report provides more evidence that Kansas education is not Top 100

    Kansas education performance is somewhere in the middle – not Top 10 – of a nation that shows generally mediocre performance. This finding largely repeats that of last year and comes from the 2019 Quality Counts annual report and state rankings from Education Week. It is not good news for Kansas students or residents. Regarding

    READ MORE