• Review of Kansas education cost studies a reminder of the absurdity of it all

    Review of Kansas education cost studies a reminder of the absurdity of it all0

    The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state. -Kansas Constitution, Article 6, Sec. 6(b) (emphasis added) As part of the newest wrinkle in the never-ending Gannon saga – yet another education cost study – a peer review of the cost-study process was included in the$285,000 package. The consultant

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  • KASB School Funding Statement Misses Important Perspective

    KASB School Funding Statement Misses Important Perspective0

    A February 9 blog post by Mark Tallman outlining the KASB school funding positions on some funding elements left out critical perspective that legislators and taxpayers need to understand.  Mr. Tallman’s premise is that legislators haven’t fully funded certain aspects of school finance between 2009 and 2017, and even if his numbers are accurate, the

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  • School District Debt Exceeds $6 Billion

    School District Debt Exceeds $6 Billion0

    New data from the Department of Education shows outstanding school district debt set a new record at $6.1 billion last year.  The average debt per-pupil (only counting enrollment at districts with debt) is $14,715.  Total debt outstanding and the amount per-pupil for each district can be downloaded here at KansasOpenGov.org.  District-level reports on debt issued

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  • 2018 State of the State Fails Students

    2018 State of the State Fails Students0

    In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Brownback said Kansas cannot go down “…the primrose path of thinking that educational results can be forced by massive infusions of taxpayer money alone.”  And then he proposed doing exactly what he correctly said won’t work – giving local school boards $600 million more over five

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  • Will $17K Per-Pupil Make Achievement Acceptable?

    Will $17K Per-Pupil Make Achievement Acceptable?0

    “How much” may be the number one question bandied about as the 2018 legislative session gets underway – as in, how much money will it take to satisfy the Supreme Court on school funding – but that’s not the most important question.  Regardless of whether legislators choose to add a single dollar to the record

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  • District Staffing Decisions Reduce Teacher Pay by $13,700

    District Staffing Decisions Reduce Teacher Pay by $13,7000

    School lobbyists routinely cite low teacher pay as rationale for more school funding but a new school staffing study shows how districts’ staffing decisions have diverted money from teacher salaries.  According to The Sentinel, a nationwide study by Dr. Ben Scafidi and published by EdChoice.org shows the average Kansas teacher could be paid $13,708 more

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