• Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters

    Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters0

    The March 2019 issue of the Kansas PTA MythBusters begins with this statement: “Be aware that statistics can be used to provide clarity or to create a cloud of doubt to misdirect.”  It then proceeds with a litany of misdirection, including: Misdirection #1: “over $1 billion in cuts made to public schools…” since 2009 Fact:

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  • Make school spending more efficient and effective

    Make school spending more efficient and effective0

    Our 2018 Voter Issue Guide lists five critical issues that should be at the forefront of policy discussions in Kansas.  This article provides a deeper examination of the school efficiency challenge, which is the third of five issues covered in the 2018 Voter Issue Guide.  The first installment discussed the $3.7 billion budget shortfall and the

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  • School cash reserves set new record at $952 million

    School cash reserves set new record at $952 million0

    Despite claims of being horribly underfunded, Kansas school cash reserves set another new record of $952 million this year.  And that’s just their operating funds; districts also set new records for capital outlay reserves ($528 million) and debt service reserves ($581 million).  Total carryover cash reserves, including record-setting federal cash balances of $48 million, hit

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  • Kansas is Top Ten in the wrong education categories

    Kansas is Top Ten in the wrong education categories0

    The Kansas Association of School Boards falsely claims Kansas is in the top ten for student achievement, but Kansas does have some top ten rankings – and they’re in all the wrong categories.  Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2016 school year shows: –Kansas has the 2nd highest growth rate in cash

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  • School Cash Reserves Nearly Triple State Budget Requirement

    School Cash Reserves Nearly Triple State Budget Requirement0

    State legislators are legally required to keep cash reserves equal to 7.5 percent of General Fund spending but the average Kansas school district had nearly three times that level – 19.3 percent – in reserve at the beginning of the 2017 school year.   That disparity should prompt considerable discussion in the upcoming legislative session.  A

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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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