• KMBC-TV perpetuates false school funding claim

    KMBC-TV perpetuates false school funding claim0

    It’s bad enough when media’s rush to sensationalism gets them snookered into reporting false information, but they become accomplices when they willingly ignore data that undermines their initial report.  The most recent example comes from KMBC-TV in Kansas City, which aired a live phone interview with Kansas City, KS school superintendent Cynthia Lane last Wednesday,

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  • Supreme Court Should Dismiss Gannon for Lack of Rose Measurement and False Spending Premise – Policy Brief

    Supreme Court Should Dismiss Gannon for Lack of Rose Measurement and False Spending Premise – Policy Brief0

    In 2014, in Gannon v. State of Kansas, the Kansas Supreme Court determined that the adequacy of the state’s education finance system is met when students meet or exceed the Rose standards. The Court is now ready to hear arguments as to the adequacy of school funding. Pursuant to the arguments, the attorneys for the plaintiffs in Gannon have filed

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  • Big Pay Increases at KC Kansas Schools

    Big Pay Increases at KC Kansas Schools0

    Each year, USD# 500 Kansas City, Kansas is one of the last school districts—if not the outright last— to comply with our routine open records requests for yearly payroll data. The district’s tardiness this year meant we were unable to include it in our two-part series on employment and payroll trends in the certain school

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  • KASB’s State Education Report Card – using facts to mask the truth

    KASB’s State Education Report Card – using facts to mask the truth0

    Truth is, after all, a moving target Hairs to split and pieces that don’t fit How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit – Neil Peart   There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. – Maya Angelou You gotta hand it to ‘em. The

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  • KASB, school lawyers ignore reality in naked money grab

    KASB, school lawyers ignore reality in naked money grab0

    Like teenagers lobbying their parents for new stuff, the Kansas Association of School Boards and taxpayer-funded school lawyers want hundreds of millions more from taxpayers, and claim that student achievement hangs in the balance. Teenager:  You know, my grades would be a lot better if you buy me a new phone to record notes.  And if

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  • More School Pay Increases: Some Big, Some Small

    More School Pay Increases: Some Big, Some Small0

      This is Part II of our series highlighting the different ways in which school districts prioritize resources toward pay raises, staffing, and other expenditures. These decisions prove particularly interesting in light of debates over the availability of funds and whether money is spent efficiently and in students’ best interests.   As we found last week

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