• Considering a constitutional amendment on school funding

    Considering a constitutional amendment on school funding0

    There’s no constitutional amendment on the November ballot but it’s one of the major issues facing whoever gets elected. Kansas Policy Institute does not support or oppose candidates for public office, but we do provide educational information to the public about key economic and education issues facing Kansans.  Our 2018 Voter Issue Guide is intended

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  • Barely half of 2018 school spending went to instruction

    Barely half of 2018 school spending went to instruction0

    There’s universal agreement that nothing impacts learning more than the interaction between students and teachers, yet local school boards allocated just 53.9 percent of total spending to Instruction during the 2018 school year.  The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), defines Instruction as “direct interaction between students and teachers.” When the Kansas Supreme Court ordered an

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  • Make school spending more efficient and effective

    Make school spending more efficient and effective0

    Our 2018 Voter Issue Guide lists five critical issues that should be at the forefront of policy discussions in Kansas.  This article provides a deeper examination of the school efficiency challenge, which is the third of five issues covered in the 2018 Voter Issue Guide.  The first installment discussed the $3.7 billion budget shortfall and the

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  • Improving Low Student Achievement Levels

    Improving Low Student Achievement Levels0

    Improving persistently low student achievement levels is one of the greatest challenges facing Kansans.  Some students do quite well and overall outcomes are a little better than the national average, but there’s still tremendous need for improvement. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows only about a quarter of low income students are Proficient

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  • School funding sets new record at $13,620 per-pupil

    School funding sets new record at $13,620 per-pupil0

    School funding set another new record in Kansas last year, averaging $13,620 per-pupil.  Data just released by the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) also shows a new State Aid record was set $9,086 per-pupil.   Total funding hit $6.5 billion, which was about a $400 million increase over the previous year. These new records come from

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  • School cash reserves set new record at $952 million

    School cash reserves set new record at $952 million0

    Despite claims of being horribly underfunded, Kansas school cash reserves set another new record of $952 million this year.  And that’s just their operating funds; districts also set new records for capital outlay reserves ($528 million) and debt service reserves ($581 million).  Total carryover cash reserves, including record-setting federal cash balances of $48 million, hit

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