• Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance

    Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance0

    It’s hard to believe the claim by KSDE that the second round of federal COVID relief funding – $830 million – to school districts will be used to change the way schools do business in the Sunflower State. In the required spending plan filed with the feds for receiving the additional funding, KSDE states: existing

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  • Education establishment prepping for post-COVID cash grab

    Education establishment prepping for post-COVID cash grab0

    You knew it was going to happen, as the country digs out financially from the effects of COVID-19– even though the reality is far better than was initially feared – the education establishment is positioning itself for claiming they are going to need more money. The latest installment of the Tallman Education Report is another

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  • 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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