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  • Lawrence district can’t blame legislators for budget deficit

    Lawrence district can’t blame legislators for budget deficit0

    USD 497 Lawrence school officials told KMBC-TV that they have a budget deficit because state funding has not kept up with inflation and enrollment has declined by nearly 900 students since 2015.  But like many funding claims from education officials, this one isn’t true. Not counting KPERS pension funding, state aid per student for the

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  • Private schools continue to outperform public schools on state assessments

    Private schools continue to outperform public schools on state assessments0

    Once again, low-income students in Kansas private schools outperform their public school counterparts on state assessments, this time from the 2021 state assessment results. KPI has shown here and here that economically disadvantaged students in private schools do better on the state tests than their public-school counterparts. That trend continues, as shown in Table 1.

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  • School budgets average $16,686 per pupil this year

    School budgets average $16,686 per pupil this year0

    Data published by the Kansas Department of Education show school budgets average $16,686 per student this year.  Actual spending for the 2021 school year was $15,869. A review of the 25 largest districts based on enrollment shows budgeted spending ranging from a low of around $12,000 for Andover to almost $24,000 for Geary County Schools. 

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