• COVID-19: local government should cut property taxes

    COVID-19: local government should cut property taxes0

    People and businesses that lose income during the COVID-19 shutdown will soon face another harsh reality – their property taxes are coming due on May 10.  Taxpayers need real relief that can only come from local government and educational institutions cutting their mill levies and reducing spending. History tells us that it won’t happen organically. 

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  • It depends on what you choose to see

    It depends on what you choose to see0

    Human action has been laid bare as society and individuals grapple with COVID-19 and adjust to a new reality, short though it hopefully may be. It simply depends on what we choose to see in our daily interactions or in observing our elected officials. A weekend trip to the grocery store shows nearly abusive behavior

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  • KPI releases A-F Grading for Kansas schools

    KPI releases A-F Grading for Kansas schools0

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2020 – Wichita – Kansas Policy Institute releases A-F Grading of Kansas schools for school year 2018-2019. A-F Grading places a letter grade on the existing Kansas State Department of Education definitions stemming from state assessment exams. The A-F Grading for Kansas Schools uses state assessment data generated by the

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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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  • K-12 Instruction spending allocation hits new low

    K-12 Instruction spending allocation hits new low0

    The Kansas Education Accounting Manual tells school districts that Instruction – direct interaction between teachers and students – is “…the most important part of the education program, the very foundation on which everything else is built. If this function fails to perform at the needed level, the whole educational program is doomed to failure regardless

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  • $2 billion Kansas payroll posted to KansasOpenGov.org

    $2 billion Kansas payroll posted to KansasOpenGov.org0

    State agencies spent a little more than $2 billion on payroll during the 2018 calendar year, and the complete Kansas payroll list by employee and position is now available at KansasOpenGov.org.  The Kansas Turnpike Authority payroll is provided separately and is available here.  Kansas Policy Institute collects the data each year in Open Records requests.

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