• Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap

    Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap0

    City and county officials often want Kansas homeowners and businesses to believe that they’ve “held the line” on property taxes. However, Kansans soon realize local officials spoke only of mill rates. Kansans’ property taxes continue to climb as local officials raise property valuations while not adjusting mill rates. The difference between that mill rate growth

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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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