• Mike O’Neal speaks out on the Gannon decision

    Mike O’Neal speaks out on the Gannon decision0

    Former House Speaker Mike O’Neal in his thesis: GANNON: The Fallacy of the Court’s Emerson Analysis takes issue with the way the Kansas Supreme Court applied the definition of adequacy in their March 2017 decision. O’Neal points to the Court’s issue that one-fourth to one-third of Kansas students lack basic skills as justification that K-12

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  • When it comes to education spending accountability “the times, they are a-changin”

    When it comes to education spending accountability “the times, they are a-changin”0

    The Kansas Legislature appropriates half the entire general fund budget and over $4,000,000,000 total each year to support K-12 education. However, the Legislature doesn’t manage public education. That’s up to the State Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education. The 286 Kansas school districts spend their state appropriation (along with another billion

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  • False claims on Kansas school funding

    False claims on Kansas school funding0

    Fair warning to Kansans: beware of false claims on Kansas school funding.  Anyone saying the Supreme Court ruling says taxpayers must increase school funding by any amount is either repeating bad information they’ve been given or is consciously making a false claim. Former state budget director Duane Goossen, who now works for Kansas Action for

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  • New school funding formula required by Court

    New school funding formula required by Court1

    School lawyers and some legislators are saying it will require $400 million to $800 million more per-year to satisfy the Court but that’s not what the Court said. State legislators should ignore those claims and focus on what the Supreme Court actually said: build a new school funding formula that is reasonable calculated so that students

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  • Good news! No big news from Supreme Court Gannon decision

    Good news! No big news from Supreme Court Gannon decision0

    In the much anticipated ruling from the Supreme Court regarding K-12 school financing, the big news in the decision is that there is no big news. With Justices Beier and Stegall recusing themselves, the Court’s third ruling pursuant to Gannon v. State of Kansas, the justices ruled unanimously, and not surprisingly, that the existing K-12

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  • Walton Rural Life Center – Exhibit A that Kansas has no real charter schools

    Walton Rural Life Center – Exhibit A that Kansas has no real charter schools0

    What if there was a public elementary school that took a different approach to teaching and learning? And this school became so popular modular buildings had to be installed and students had to be turned away. It would continue to expand to accommodate the increased demand, right? Not in Kansas. In Kansas the school could

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