• KNEA deceives teachers on school efficiency

    KNEA deceives teachers on school efficiency0

    The state’s largest Kansas teacher union, KNEA, is distorting a statement in the new cost study to deceive teachers on school efficiency; they want teachers to believe school boards and administrators aren’t wasting money.  Teachers who’ve been using their own money to buy classroom supplies routinely witness money being wasted.  District representatives and lobbyists have

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  • WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes

    WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes0

    Preliminary results of the WestEd cost study on school funding have media and some legislators salivating over the prospect of billions more being poured in Kansas schools, without even passing concern over the devastating tax hikes that would be required.  Media’s read on the WestEd cost study says $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion more is

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  • 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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