• Flawed formula overfunded special education by at least $323 million the last five years

    Flawed formula overfunded special education by at least $323 million the last five years0

    Kansas school officials say the Legislature is falling short of its statutory obligation to fund special education, but it turns out that the formula doesn’t count all the money related to special education. If all the money is counted, the Legislature provided at least $323 million more than required over the last five years. The

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  • With $1 billion in reserve, schools don’t need a $200 million gift

    With $1 billion in reserve, schools don’t need a $200 million gift0

    Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget proposal to gift $200 million to schools this year – on top of a court-mandated $243 million increase – isn’t needed for several reasons. It’s just an election year stunt to paint opponents as being unwilling to ‘fully fund’ public education. Under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Legislature deferred about half ofREAD MORE
  • Achievement gaps persist despite KSDE claims

    Achievement gaps persist despite KSDE claims0

    Deputy Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander last week told legislators that achievement gaps began to close after funding was "restored," but as is often the case with KSDE, both claims were misleading.  Funding was increased, not cut, and achievement gaps have remained persistently wide. Legislators were told that proficiency – Levels 3 and 4 onREAD MORE
  • 2021 Legislator Briefing Book also has good value for taxpayers

    2021 Legislator Briefing Book also has good value for taxpayers0

    Our 2021 Legislator Briefing Book is designed to give legislators and taxpayers a quick-reference guide that provides background and perspective on state spending, tax facts, economic conditions, and K-12 education. It’s all government data, but much of it is hard to find.  And the data often contradicts what you’ve heard from media and government officials. READ MORE
  • Federal bailouts of state budgets hasten fiscal disaster

    Federal bailouts of state budgets hasten fiscal disaster0

    Early this month, Governor Kelly testified to Congress, asking for federal bailouts of Kansas’ billion-dollar budget shortfall. However, bailing out Kansas’s budget shortfall cements poor fiscal management, puts Kansans at financial risk, and hastens a federal fiscal disaster. According to the Kansas Legislative Research Department, Kansas went from an ending balance of $1.1 billion in

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  • School cash reserves set new record at $2.3 billion

    School cash reserves set new record at $2.3 billion0

    In yet another affront to students and taxpayers, school districts increased cash reserves by $107 million last year, setting a new record of $2.3 billion.  The largest portion, operating cash reserves, increased from $942 million to $998 million.  Cash set aside for debt payments went from $605 million to $649 million, capital outlay reserves increasedREAD MORE