• What’s in the House school funding plan?

    What’s in the House school funding plan?0

    The House school funding plan that developed last week proposes to give schools $500 million more over five years in hope of appeasing the Kansas Supreme Court.  There would be an increase in special education funding but most of the money goes to increasing base state aid.  Ironically, a constitutional amendment was also introduced that

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  • School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate

    School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate0

    Revised estimates from the authors of the WestEd cost study show current school funding is adequate to produce up to a 92 percent high school graduation rate.  That’s not to validate the notion that funding can be calculated to produce any particular outcome, mind you, but judges and others who buy into the theory and

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  • School lobby pushes money correlation myth

    School lobby pushes money correlation myth0

    The new WestEd school cost study says “funding alone is not enough;…if one fails to consider how well resources are used, then increasing how much resources are provided may have a limited effect on student outcomes.”  But the Kansas school lobby is vigorously pushing the money correlation myth, hoping legislators and parents will think spending

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  • KNEA deceives teachers on school efficiency

    KNEA deceives teachers on school efficiency0

    The state’s largest Kansas teacher union, KNEA, is distorting a statement in the new cost study to deceive teachers on school efficiency; they want teachers to believe school boards and administrators aren’t wasting money.  Teachers who’ve been using their own money to buy classroom supplies routinely witness money being wasted.  District representatives and lobbyists have

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  • WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes

    WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes0

    Preliminary results of the WestEd cost study on school funding have media and some legislators salivating over the prospect of billions more being poured in Kansas schools, without even passing concern over the devastating tax hikes that would be required.  Media’s read on the WestEd cost study says $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion more is

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  • Review of Kansas education cost studies a reminder of the absurdity of it all

    Review of Kansas education cost studies a reminder of the absurdity of it all0

    The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state. -Kansas Constitution, Article 6, Sec. 6(b) (emphasis added) As part of the newest wrinkle in the never-ending Gannon saga – yet another education cost study – a peer review of the cost-study process was included in the$285,000 package. The consultant

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