• More school districts disregard the building needs assessment law

    More school districts disregard the building needs assessment law0

    In September of 2022, we wrote about 27 districts that ignored all or part of the state law requiring an annual needs assessment of every school in Kansas.  Thirteen of those districts hadn’t published the reports online as required, so we checked again earlier this month.  Three districts – Auburn-Washburn, De Soto, and Garden City

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    Public education data important as 2023 legislative session approaches Education will be a key focus when the 2023 legislative session begins next month. Issues dealing with transparency, accountability and school choice will undoubtedly be on the table as the Legislature grapples with the changing landscape of post-pandemic public education. Kansas public education continues down the

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  • Survey shows Kansas parents satisfied with school choice program

    Survey shows Kansas parents satisfied with school choice program0

    More than three-quarters of those participating in the Kansas Tax Credit for Low-Income Students (TCS) program are satisfied with the program according to a recent parent survey. The survey was conducted through EdChoice and received responses from nearly 1,000 Kansas parents. Respondents included parents of students across the spectrum of school settings, including those participating

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  • Myths and truths about tax credit scholarship programs

    Myths and truths about tax credit scholarship programs0

    The only true school choice program in Kansas is the tax credit scholarship program. Kansas is one of 21 states across the nation that has adopted this method of giving families and students educational choice options. As in all school choice options, there is much misunderstanding and many myths about a tax credit scholarship program.

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  • Kansas is #3 in state aid, #38 in ‘bang for the education buck’

    Kansas is #3 in state aid, #38 in ‘bang for the education buck’0

    With school spending and student achievement going in opposite directions, Kansas has one of the worst productivity rankings (bang for the education buck) in the nation. A dollar spent in Kansas buys a lot more than a dollar in New York or California, so we adjust spending for comparison to other states using the Missouri

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  • Note to KSDE and SBOE: “Knowledge is Good”

    Note to KSDE and SBOE: “Knowledge is Good”0

    In the eyes of the State Board of Education, the concept that “knowledge is good” is no longer a taken-for-granted laughing matter as found in the lore of the movie Animal House. The evidence of that lies in the reaction of the SBOE and education commissioner Randy Watson to the results of the 2022 state

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