• Record-setting levels of Freedom in Kansas Legislature

    Record-setting levels of Freedom in Kansas Legislature0

    The results of our 2019 Kansas Freedom Index show freedom in Kansas is on the march…at least in the Kansas Legislature. The 2019 Kansas Freedom Index set records for high scores with 52 legislators scoring at least 86%. That’s good news. The results also confirmed what we’ve known for years – party identification has very

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  • KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding

    KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding0

    There isn’t a single legitimate study proving that spending more money caused achievement to improve (proving causation is much different than believing in the notion), but that’s the underlying premise of KASB’s spending and achievement claims.  Money matters, but it’s how money is spent that can make a difference, and achievement will remain stubbornly low

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  • KASB falsely ranks Kansas 9th best education achievement in the country

    KASB falsely ranks Kansas 9th best education achievement in the country0

    Question: How can Kansas have the 9th best achievement in the nation when achievement rankings on NAEP and ACT range from the mid-teens to the low 30s? Answer: When KASB heavily weights things that don’t measure academic learning. The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) has released its fourth annual report called “Comparing Kansas.” KASB

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  • School funding decision doesn’t end litigation

    School funding decision doesn’t end litigation0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s June 14 ruling that school funding now meets the court’s definition of being constitutionally adequate is likely just a ‘time-out’ in school funding litigation.  The decision doesn’t preclude schools from taking further legal action, either within the current Gannon litigation or with another lawsuit.  And just like large funding increases in

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  • Claim that more Gannon money will be used to hire 5,400 teachers doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

    Claim that more Gannon money will be used to hire 5,400 teachers doesn’t stand up to scrutiny0

    If you were to believe Gannon plaintiff attorney Alan Rupe, schools across the state are poised to hire 5,400 new teachers. This additional cadre of educators would allow the education system in the state of Kansas to satisfy the Rose standards by providing what Rupe described as “the 25% deprived of a constitutionally equitable and

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  • Gannon VII oral arguments focus on inflation, constitutionality of Montoy

    Gannon VII oral arguments focus on inflation, constitutionality of Montoy0

    The Supreme Court held oral arguments on May 9 prior to their upcoming seventh Gannon opinion. As has been the case throughout the nearly decade-long Gannon saga, each oral argument phase brings at least one new variable that makes predicting what the Court might decide a fool’s errand. This go-around there were two such variables: 1.

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