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  • Inflation-adjusted school funding +52%, teacher pay down 9%

    Inflation-adjusted school funding +52%, teacher pay down 9%0

    Allegations of low teacher pay is used to urge legislators for more funding, but money is not the problem or the answer.  (For the record, Kansas was #38 in 2019, but adjusted for the cost of living, Kansas was #15). Data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which come from local school districts, show

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  • Special Education costs are 100% reimbursed, counting all the money

    Special Education costs are 100% reimbursed, counting all the money0

    School districts are hammering legislators for underfunding special education, but the Kansas Department of Education formula doesn’t seem to count all of the money.  Given credit for all funding, school districts are being reimbursed for 103.4% of total costs this year and 98.7% next year. There seem to be several issues with the formula in

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  • More evidence of structural segregation in Kansas public schools

    More evidence of structural segregation in Kansas public schools0

    Structural segregation is alive and well in the Kansas public school system, a form of educational redlining manifested and protected by a rigid set of school district boundaries. In a previous blog, I presented local economic data and student performance to show how it exists within the City of Topeka where there are four public

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