• Kansas School Spending Hits $13,647 Per Pupil For 2018

    Kansas School Spending Hits $13,647 Per Pupil For 20180

    The Department of Education estimates Kansas school spending will increase by $387.5 million this year and set a new per-pupil record of $13,647.  Total spending of $6.472 billion is also a new record.  The estimate was emailed to Kansas Policy Institute by KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis this morning. State aid will jump by $316READ MORE
  • Kansas School Funding Set New Records in 2017

    Kansas School Funding Set New Records in 20170

    Kansas school funding set more new records in the 2017 school year according to data released by the Kansas Department of Education.  Total aid to schools set a new record at $6.084 billion and total aid per-pupil set a record at $13,236.  State aid topped $4 billion for the first time, with per-pupil state aid

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  • School Districts Plan Large Spending Increases

    School Districts Plan Large Spending Increases0

    A sampling of fifteen of the largest school districts in Kansas shows each district plans to spend more this year and most are budgeting fairly large spending increases – at the same time that the Kansas Supreme Court says schools are underfunded and school cash reserves set another record last year. The Department of Education

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  • A Student-Focused Response to the Kansas Supreme Court

    A Student-Focused Response to the Kansas Supreme Court0

    There’s good basis for the growing sentiment to defy the recent Kansas Supreme Court opinion on school funding in Gannon, but that would only perpetuate the real education crisis – low achievement levels overall and horrendous achievement gaps for low income students. The time it would take to close achievement gaps for low income students

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  • School District Cash Reserves at Record Highs

    School District Cash Reserves at Record Highs0

    At the same time courts and taxpayer-funded school lawyers claim school districts to lack adequate funding, school district cash reserves set new records last year according to the Kansas Department of Education.  Total cash reserves set a new record at just over $2 billion and each major category also set new records.  Operating cash reserves

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  • College and Career Readiness Remains Persistently Low

    College and Career Readiness Remains Persistently Low0

    The 2017 state assessment results released this week by the Kansas Department of Education shows college and career readiness remains persistently low across Kansas.  The state average for 10th grade low income students is just 11 percent and a slight decline from 11.2 percent last year; 34.1 percent of those who aren’t low income are

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