• 2021 Education FactBook provides annual look at spending and achievement

    2021 Education FactBook provides annual look at spending and achievement0

    KPI’s 2021 Public Education FactBook has just been released. As in previous editions, this is an invaluable resource of data on overall spending, per-pupil spending, assessment results, employment, enrollment and much more. The information provided is on multiple levels – statewide, districtwide, and nationwide – and for multiple years, some information goes back several decades.

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  • 2021 Public Education Factbook

    2021 Public Education Factbook0

    Aside from ACT scores, all data in this Fact Book come from official government sources, including local school districts, the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and the U.S. Department of Education. All data are the most current available and, unless otherwise noted, span through the 2019-20 academic year. Additional information (including annual historical data) for

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  • The time is now to overhaul the K-12 at-risk program

    The time is now to overhaul the K-12 at-risk program0

    The focus of schools should be on student achievement and now is the time for a K-12 at-risk program model that does just that. The new model has three basic components: (1) programmatic, (2) financial, and (3) accountability/oversight. Why is the new approach necessary? Since its inception in 1992, the Kansas K-12 at-risk program has

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  • A Kansas Budget for Economic Growth & COVID Protection

    A Kansas Budget for Economic Growth & COVID Protection0

    Kansas government is at a crossroads. One path leads to economic malaise, and an ever-increasing budget financed on the backs of those living paycheck to paycheck. Another path leads to a self-sustaining economy, where every tax dollar spent is knowingly tied to a public benefit. As Kansas lawmakers await and consider Governor Laura Kelly’s tax

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  • Despite promises, the Biden presidency will have little effect on K-12 education

    Despite promises, the Biden presidency will have little effect on K-12 education0

    Don’t look for much impact on K-12 education when the new administration is ushered in. Why? First and foremost, public education is a state and local function. There is no mention of education in the U.S. Constitution nor any of the amendments pursuant. It was not until 1965 that there was any comprehensive federal education

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  • Student weightings add over $1.4 billion in education expenditures

    Student weightings add over $1.4 billion in education expenditures0

    Total K-12 education expenditures for the 2019-20 school year topped the $7 billion mark according to the latest financial figures released by KSDE. Per-pupil expenditures rose 5.42% to $14,848. (KSDE just estimated 2020-21 total spending at $7.3 billion  and per-pupil at $16,216.)  Of the $7 billion spent in 2019-20, just over  $2.1 billion came directly

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