Kansas School Spending Hits $13,647 Per Pupil For 2018

Dave TrabertEducation

The Department of Education estimates Kansas school spending will increase by $387.5 million this year and set a new per-pupil record of $13,647.  Total spending of $6.472 billion is also a new record.  The estimate was emailed to Kansas Policy Institute by KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis this morning. State aid will jump by $316 million this year; KSDE says … Read More

Kansas School Funding Set New Records in 2017

Dave TrabertEducation

Kansas school funding set more new records in the 2017 school year according to data released by the Kansas Department of Education.  Total aid to schools set a new record at $6.084 billion and total aid per-pupil set a record at $13,236.  State aid topped $4 billion for the first time, with per-pupil state aid at $8,714.  Funding also set … Read More

School Districts Plan Large Spending Increases

Dave TrabertEducation

A sampling of fifteen of the largest school districts in Kansas shows each district plans to spend more this year and most are budgeting fairly large spending increases – at the same time that the Kansas Supreme Court says schools are underfunded and school cash reserves set another record last year. The Department of Education hasn’t published statewide data yet … Read More

A Student-Focused Response to the Kansas Supreme Court

Dave TrabertEducation

There’s good basis for the growing sentiment to defy the recent Kansas Supreme Court opinion on school funding in Gannon, but that would only perpetuate the real education crisis – low achievement levels overall and horrendous achievement gaps for low income students. The time it would take to close achievement gaps for low income students in Kansas once was measured … Read More

School District Cash Reserves at Record Highs

Dave TrabertEducation

At the same time courts and taxpayer-funded school lawyers claim school districts to lack adequate funding, school district cash reserves set new records last year according to the Kansas Department of Education.  Total cash reserves set a new record at just over $2 billion and each major category also set new records.  Operating cash reserves increased by $17.4 million to … Read More

College and Career Readiness Remains Persistently Low

Dave TrabertEducation

The 2017 state assessment results released this week by the Kansas Department of Education shows college and career readiness remains persistently low across Kansas.  The state average for 10th grade low income students is just 11 percent and a slight decline from 11.2 percent last year; 34.1 percent of those who aren’t low income are on track to be college … Read More

Latest Stanford study shows NYC charter students outperform traditional public school students – and at a lower cost

David DorseyEducation

The Stanford University-based Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) just published the results of a comprehensive study comparing New York City charter school students to traditional public school (TPS) students in the Big Apple. The researchers found “an average New York City charter student demonstrates growth equivalent to completing 23 additional days of learning in reading and 63 additional … Read More

School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes

Dave TrabertEducation

The Kansas Supreme Court’s recent Gannon school funding ruling, if endorsed by legislators, would cause devastating tax hikes on top of record-setting tax increases just passed.  The Court cited vast differences between the new money appropriated by the Legislature ($293 million more in FY 2019) and the amount demanded by school districts (at least $1.7 billion) and the State Board … Read More