• Freedom Index wraps up 2021 legislative session

    Freedom Index wraps up 2021 legislative session0

    Pandemic policy defined the 2021 legislative session and it does likewise on the 2021 Kansas Freedom Index. While we maintained our desire to not score the same policy issue multiple times, so many of the votes taken this year reflect the policy reaction to the pandemic itself. From the final version of reforms to theREAD MORE
  • 5 things you need to know about K-12 education

    5 things you need to know about K-12 education0

    Educational opportunities in Kansas can be amongst the best in the nation if we focus on students, learn from the example of states like Florida, and move past the partial truths and talking points of “supporting public schools.” Since much of what has been written about K-12 education is either misleading or simply not true, Kansas

  • Kansas kids need money-follow-the-child programs

    Kansas kids need money-follow-the-child programs0

    If you aren’t satisfied with the outcome after decades of effort, what makes you think that doing the same things over and over again will produce a different result? That’s certainly the case with student achievement in Kansas, as evidenced by the 2020 ACT scores. The average 2020 ACT score in Kansas declined for theREAD MORE
  • Kelly’s budget raises taxes during recession

    Kelly’s budget raises taxes during recession0

    President Obama once publicly admitted that it is a bad idea to raise taxes in the middle of a recession. And yet, under an unprecedented COVID economic downturn, Gov. Kelly’s budget has not one, but two tax increases. These tax hikes financed a record-setting state budget, 29% bigger than in 2017. By contrast, the Governor

  • Students need meaningful school choice, not federal theater

    Students need meaningful school choice, not federal theater0

    School children around this country are suffering amidst social isolation, learning challenges with remote or part-time learning, and the general fear of a global pandemic. Research clearly shows those effects are falling hardest on at-risk, low-income, and special needs students. This also means that children of color are being disproportionately harmed. We all know ofREAD MORE