Kansas Legislature to Citizens – let them eat cake

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

With the 2017 Kansas Legislature careening toward a close, the majority of legislators in both chambers are doubling down on efforts to gouge citizens and leave generations of students behind so that those who profit from excessive and inefficient government can prosper.  For those who might think that statement hyperbolical, consider the evidence: As shown separately by the Kansas Truth … Read More

Student Outcomes Not Improving Despite Huge increases in Education Spending

David DorseyEducation

As the Kansas Legislature decides just how many hundreds of millions of dollars more to give to K-12 education, keep this in mind: using history as a guide, all that money will not improve student outcomes. The graphics are a testament to that. Combining per pupil spending, employment and enrollment data from KSDE with NAEP reading and math scores it … Read More

Math error could cost taxpayers $83 million per year

Dave TrabertEducation

Senate Bill 251, which is the Kansas Senate’s proposed new school funding formula, contains an unintentional math error that could cost citizens $83 million per year in unnecessary taxation if not corrected.  The methodology for calculating Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) in the new formula is based on actual spending of 41 districts identified that exceeded specific outcomes. Kansas … Read More

KASB Funding Proposal Ignores Legal Test of Adequacy

David DorseyEducation

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) provided written testimony to the House K-12 Education Budget Committee as the committee held hearings on HB 2410, a would-be new K-12 education funding law. They included a funding proposal to increase K-12 dollars by a whopping $778.7 million per year and tried to justify their wish by tying it to the Supreme … Read More

False claims on Kansas school funding

Dave TrabertEducation

Fair warning to Kansans: beware of false claims on Kansas school funding.  Anyone saying the Supreme Court ruling says taxpayers must increase school funding by any amount is either repeating bad information they’ve been given or is consciously making a false claim. Former state budget director Duane Goossen, who now works for Kansas Action for Children, says “Now that the … Read More

New school funding formula required by Court

Dave TrabertEducation

School lawyers and some legislators are saying it will require $400 million to $800 million more per-year to satisfy the Court but that’s not what the Court said. State legislators should ignore those claims and focus on what the Supreme Court actually said: build a new school funding formula that is reasonable calculated so that students can meet the Rose standards.  … Read More

At-risk overhaul needed in education finance law

David DorseyEducation

As the Legislature works through the arduous process of putting together a new K-12 education funding system, opportunities abound. One of those is the chance to overhaul one of the largest components, and biggest failures, of the old formula – the At-risk program. Why was the old program a failure? The old At-risk program was ineffective, inefficient and confusing. It … Read More

New school funding formula would cost $965 million

Dave TrabertEducation

Kansas school officials and teacher unions came out in strong support on Wednesday for House Bill 2270, a proposed new school funding formula that would cost taxpayers $965 million over a 4-year phase in.  Some supporters expressed concern that the big price tag wasn’t enough but said the plan was a good starting point. Legislators terminated the old formula in … Read More

Kansans want school funding formula to hold districts accountable

Dave TrabertEducation

School districts and unions are lobbying hard to resurrect Kansas’ outdated funding formula with a lot more money added but citizens clearly want something else.  A new market research study released last week shows that Kansans overwhelmingly want a school funding formula that holds districts accountable for spending money efficiently and for improving outcomes.  SurveyUSA conducted the study on behalf … Read More