• Consequences, not spending, drive changes in student achievement

    Consequences, not spending, drive changes in student achievement0

    Recently I showed how the Supreme Court’s belief of a relationship between education spending and student achievement is fundamentally flawed. Throughout the Gannon case – the Court’s Gannon VI decision is expected any time – the Court has compared statewide averages of state assessment scores to average per-pupil spending over several years and concluded a

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  • State’s charter school law once again earns an “F”

    State’s charter school law once again earns an “F”0

    Amidst all the turmoil and tumult that defines the state of education finance in Kansas, at least one education issue is a steady-as-she-goes: Kansas gets an “F” in its charter school law. The just-released 2018 National Charter School Law Rankings and Scorecard 2018 once again gives the Sunflower State a failing grade when it comes

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  • Kansans Reject Supreme Court School Control

    Kansans Reject Supreme Court School Control0

    Legislators are facing a political dilemma when they return to Topeka in January.  They must either represent the will of the people who elected them or they must firmly reject Supreme Court school control. Supreme Court control of schools seen via a court demand of nearly $1 billion more in school funding. As we wrote

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  • PBS Ruckus: KPI President Dave Trabert Proposes Student-focused Response to Supreme Court Ruling on School Funding.

    PBS Ruckus: KPI President Dave Trabert Proposes Student-focused Response to Supreme Court Ruling on School Funding.0

    [cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Kansas City public television station KCPT-TV interviews KPI President Dave Trabert about the recent Supreme Court ruling on school funding…including the potential impact on funding for other services and your taxes if the Legislature complies and KPI’s

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  • A reminder of workplace freedom – National Employee Freedom Week

    A reminder of workplace freedom – National Employee Freedom Week0

    National Employee Freedom Week is a great time to reflect upon how fortunate Kansans are to have workplace freedom in a right-to-work state, one in which individuals are given the choice as to whether or not to join a union. As a former public school teacher in Kansas, I worked in an environment with significant

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  • “The Wrong Stuff”- new school redesign project should be “deep spaced”

    “The Wrong Stuff”- new school redesign project should be “deep spaced”0

    You have to hand it to Education Commissioner Randy Watson, he knows how to get people excited about something. His latest promotional venture is called the Kansans Can School Redesign project and the first seven school districts selected to participate were named at the August state board meeting. Why seven? Because Commissioner Watson is making

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