David Dorsey Talks About At-Risk Funding

David DorseyEducation

David Dorsey explains at-risk school funding in Kansas including what it is, how it came to be and its status under the current block grant funding for Kansas K-12 education. David is a Senior Education Policy Analyst with Kansas Policy Institute with 20 years experience as a teacher, most recently teaching at-risk students in Topeka, and 15 years working in … Read More

USD 501 uses scare tactics to justify LOB election

David DorseyEducation

The USD 501 school board voted unanimously on April 29 to hold an election to increase the district’s local option budget (LOB). They claim the $3 million that could be raised with voter approval is necessary “in the face of state budget cuts.”  The district held three public meetings to discuss how to deal with what they called a $1.6 … Read More

The political and judicial impact of at-risk funding in Kansas – at-risk funding part 3

David DorseyEducation

Note: Since the undertaking of this at-risk project, the school funding formula has changed to what’s commonly referenced as the block grant system. At-risk funding as a distinct pot of money technically has expired although the money  still goes to the schools. The block grant approach is scheduled to sunset after the next two years when the legislature rolls out a new … Read More

KSDE confirms that state aid to schools is increasing this year

Dave TrabertEducation

While some school districts and special interests claim state aid to schools is declining this year, KSDE Deputy Commissioner for Finance Dale Dennis confirms that state aid to schools is increasing. KSDE published spreadsheets comparing block grant equivalent funding for the 2013-14 school year with block grant funding for this year and the next two school years.  SF15-092 shows total funding … Read More

State aid to Saline, Ottawa and McPherson counties to increase under block grants

David DorseyEducation

Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

Media is snowblind to school “budget cuts” and scheduling realities

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Contestant: “Alex, I’ll take ‘Media Bias’ for 200.” Alex: “It’s what the news media calls a ‘snow day’ in Kansas.”  Contestant: “What is a budget cut?” Alex: “Correct! Although to my knowledge that answer/question combination has never been on Jeopardy!, it certainly would be appropriate the way the media continues to misrepresent the state of education funding in the Sunflower State. … Read More

State aid to Finney and Ford County schools increases under block grants

David DorseyEducation

Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Reno and Harvey counties to increase under block grants

David DorseyEducation

Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Shawnee, Douglas and Jefferson counties increase under block grants

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Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Butler and Sedgwick counties to increase under block grants

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Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More