• University spending largely to blame for tuition hikes

    University spending largely to blame for tuition hikes0

    Last February, the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle faulted legislators’ lack of funding for tuition increases, but analysis of university spending showed most of the blame went to the universities themselves.  Now it’s deja vu all over again – the Star and the Eagle are blaming legislators with one-sided ‘news’ reporting to push

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  • Low-income students in private schools shine

    Low-income students in private schools shine0

    As we celebrate the tenth annual National School Choice Week, it is once more time to show how most private schools outperform their public school counterparts in getting low-income students college and/or career ready. Yet again in 2019, a much higher percentage of students attending parochial schools in Kansas urban areas scored more college/career ready

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  • Building-level spending disproves ‘spending drives achievement’ theory

    Building-level spending disproves ‘spending drives achievement’ theory0

    Of the five high schools in USD 500 Kansas City, the one that spends the least amount per-pupil has the highest scores on the state assessment test.  Each school has high levels of economically challenged students, but one school earns a ‘B’ for its state assessment results and the other four get an ‘F.’ Spending

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  • Audit shows targeted funding misses at-risk students

    Audit shows targeted funding misses at-risk students0

    (M)ost at-risk spending was used for teachers and programs for all students and did not appear to specifically address at-risk students as required by state law. This statement is the heart of the findings reported by Legislative Post Audit (LPA) in their performance audit K-12 Education: Evaluating At-Risk Student Counts, Weights, and Expenditures released this

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  • School debt sets new records in Kansas

    School debt sets new records in Kansas0

    While student achievement remains relatively low and stagnant, local school boards’ focus on constructing new buildings set a new record for school debt at $6.53 billion for the 2019 school year.  Debt per-student for the 177 districts with bond debt also set a new record at $15,137.  The data comes from the Kansas Department of

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  • NAEP scores leave Kansas Association of School Boards making excuses

    NAEP scores leave Kansas Association of School Boards making excuses0

    In a recent response  to the precipitous decline in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) has spun the results to: -> minimize the importance of NAEP, -> identify spurious excuses, and -> ultimately point the finger of blame at…you guessed it, not enough money. KASB trivialized

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