• 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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  • Growth in Kansas education spending, debt and cash outpaces region, nation and inflation

    Growth in Kansas education spending, debt and cash outpaces region, nation and inflation0

    Kansas education debt, cash on hand and overall spending grew faster than other states in the region and the nation as a whole over the last decade according to recently released U.S. Census data Growth in these categories has also outpaced the inflation rate of 23.4% since 2004. KPI discovered that Census inadvertently excluded USD

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  • “Kansans Can” –rearranging deck chairs in the name of reform – Part 1

    “Kansans Can” –rearranging deck chairs in the name of reform – Part 10

    The Kansas State Board of Education (BOE) in conjunction with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has a new direction for Kansas public schools, complete with a catchy moniker called Kansans Can. It is summarized in print in the form of Kansans Can Talking Points, which provides a capsulized overview of the initiative. It

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  • State school funding ranks high in Kansas

    State school funding ranks high in Kansas0

    Editor’s Note: The original version of this post was based on published Census data.  KPI subsequently discovered that Census inadvertently excluded USD 512 Shawnee Mission data from their reported totals for 2014; KSDE and Census officials confirmed our finding.  Census will not republish correct data until 2015 data is released but did provide us with

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