• Cato study disputes claims of Kansas education efficiency

    Cato study disputes claims of Kansas education efficiency0

    One of the findings in the 2018 WestED K-12 cost study is a high level of efficiency in school spending, with efficiency in case meaning ‘bang for the buck.’ However, a study just released by the Cato Institute  says 30 states do better than Kansas when spending is adjusted for cost-of-living variances. Dr. Lori Taylor,

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  • Schools misinterpret ‘efficiency’ in WestEd study

    Schools misinterpret ‘efficiency’ in WestEd study0

    The WestEd school funding cost study commissioned earlier this year by the Kansas legislature has been cited by some education officials as saying school efficiency is very high, meaning there is little room to reduce costs in the state’s 286 school districts.  But that’s a misinterpretation.  Dr. Lori Taylor, lead author of the study, graciously

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  • About that Tallman Education Report…just one more thing

    About that Tallman Education Report…just one more thing0

    In an early ‘70s Columbo episode, the iconic detective was convinced that a recorded phone conversation was the key to proving Columbo’s suspect was indeed the murderer. He listened to the tape again and again, hoping to hear a background noise that didn’t belong, thus proving the suspect (in this case Robert Culp, who played

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