• Senator Kelly misleads on school property taxes

    Senator Kelly misleads on school property taxes5

    A proposal to drive student achievement AND lower property taxes statewide was deemed “dead on arrival” by a state legislator who seems uninterested in the plight of low income children who are two to three years’  worth of learning behind their more affluent peers. Senator Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) told KCUR Radio that she and other

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  • Spending variations reveal potential for millions more to classrooms

    Spending variations reveal potential for millions more to classrooms3

    Variations on non-instructional spending across the 286 school districts represent an opportunity to divert hundreds of millions of dollars back to instruction to help Kansas schools address our achievement crisis. Data published by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) shows that for the 2014-15 school year, spending exceeds $6 billion and averages $13,124 per-pupil. 

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  • The system is not the solution – “Kansans Can” Part 2

    The system is not the solution – “Kansans Can” Part 20

    Note: This is the second installment analyzing the new State Board of Education/Kansas State Department of Education initiative called “Kansans Can.” Click here for the first article. Until the breakup of the Bell system in the 1980’s, AT&T had a monopoly on phone service; people had no choice. In order to reassure customers that they

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  • Local control is about citizens, not government

    Local control is about citizens, not government0

    This 240th anniversary of our nation’s independence seems an appropriate day to discuss the meaning of local control as envisioned by the founders.  Cities, counties and local school boards seem to believe local control means that local government is in charge.  But Abraham Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg Address: ours is a government

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  • Innovative School Districts – good intentions, potential gone unrealized

    Innovative School Districts – good intentions, potential gone unrealized0

    In this previous blog an overview of the Coalition of Innovative Districts Act was presented with the conclusion that the opportunities provided by the act have gone largely unnoticed and unrealized. This installment on the innovative schools will show that the six member districts are little more than a club with scarcely any innovation to

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  • Kansas Freedom Index Is In The Books!

    Kansas Freedom Index Is In The Books!0

    The 2016 special legislative session is behind us and, baring any “Black Swan” events, Kansas legislators will not find themselves doing the people’s business until 2017. As this year’s legislative activity is in the books, so is the 2016 Kansas Freedom Index. It is inclusive of one additional vote in the Kansas Senate and the

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