• Kansas #6 in state aid but #36 in achievement productivity

    Kansas #6 in state aid but #36 in achievement productivity0

    The 2018 Public Education Finance data from the U.S. Census again confirms Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.  Spending per pupil increased by 3.8% nationwide – more than twice the rate of inflation – but achievement is flat or down in most states.  Per-pupil spending

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  • Looking ahead to the next school year

    Looking ahead to the next school year0

    As we rapidly approach what would have been the end of the school year, our attention is naturally drawn to what to expect come August. Will schools open as typically scheduled? Will the opening of the 2020-21 school year be delayed into September or beyond? Will health concerns drive a different approach to the way

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  • School budgets: savings opportunities abound

    School budgets: savings opportunities abound0

    Last week we explained why we believe education budgets shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts.  In short, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ when the state is facing upwards of a $1 billion budget deficit next year and K-12 consumes about half of General Fund spending. Today we’ll explore some of the many school

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  • Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts

    Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts0

    With the State of Kansas facing up to a $1 billion shortfall next year in an $8 billion General Fund budget, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ exempt from COVID budget cuts.  K-12 education consumes about half of the budget and with $843 million in funding, higher education takes another 11%. Most legislators knew the

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  • 2020 Education FactBook provides 20/20 look at spending and achievement

    2020 Education FactBook provides 20/20 look at spending and achievement0

    KPI has just released the 2020 version of the annual Public Education FactBook . As in previous editions, this is an invaluable resource for data on overall spending, per-pupil spending, assessment results, employment and enrollment and much more. The information provided is on multiple levels – statewide, districtwide, and nationwide – and for multiple years,

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  • National education groups use COVID for federal cash grab

    National education groups use COVID for federal cash grab0

    Former Chicago mayor and presidential press secretary Rahm Emanuel infamously said: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, 12 national public education groups are employing that strategy by asking Congress for $200+ billion additional aid in what is likely to be the next federal stimulus package. In a letter sent to

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