• State school funding per-pupil ranked #16 in U.S.

    State school funding per-pupil ranked #16 in U.S.0

    U.S. Census data shows Kansas had the 16th highest state school funding per-pupil in 2016 at $7,970, based on headcount enrollment and total state aid of $3.9 billion.  Legislators therefore provided state aid that was 22 percent above the national average of $6,546 back in 2016 and KSDE estimates state aid will be $4.5 billion

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  • Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters

    Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters0

    The March 2019 issue of the Kansas PTA MythBusters begins with this statement: “Be aware that statistics can be used to provide clarity or to create a cloud of doubt to misdirect.”  It then proceeds with a litany of misdirection, including: Misdirection #1: “over $1 billion in cuts made to public schools…” since 2009 Fact:

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  • 2018 A-F Grading of Kansas Schools Released

    2018 A-F Grading of Kansas Schools Released0

    One year ago, Kansas Policy Institute unveiled the initial groundbreaking A-F grading system for Kansas public schools and released the 2018 grade card last week. KPI undertook that effort to create a reporting system so that parents could more easily understand exactly how schools are performing. The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), like all state

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  • Is more money helping Kansas students?

    Is more money helping Kansas students?0

    There’s a lot of disagreement right now in the Kansas legislature about K-12 education in Kansas. Funding set a record last year at $13,600 per-pupil, and another billion dollar increase is planned. Governor Laura Kelly says schools still need more money while others, like Senate President Susan Wagle, say decades of school litigation and costly

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  • Once again low-income students do better in Kansas private schools

    Once again low-income students do better in Kansas private schools0

    With National School Choice Week (NSCW) another rousing success last month , it’s appropriate once again to show how much better private schools prepare low-income students for college/career readiness than Kansas public schools. Results from the 2018 state assessments for each of the five areas listed in the table (Wichita, Kanas City, Dodge City, Salina,

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  • Different look at state assessment results provides same conclusion

    Different look at state assessment results provides same conclusion0

    Much of the focus on state assessment scores is how low-income students are performing and achievement gaps – and deservedly so. Nevertheless, the Kansas Supreme Court’s current Gannon rulings all but demand a continued evaluation of overall achievement. The justices have staked out a claim that there is a causal relationship between money and outcomes.

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