• School District Cash Reserves at Record Highs

    School District Cash Reserves at Record Highs0

    At the same time courts and taxpayer-funded school lawyers claim school districts to lack adequate funding, school district cash reserves set new records last year according to the Kansas Department of Education.  Total cash reserves set a new record at just over $2 billion and each major category also set new records.  Operating cash reserves

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  • PBS Ruckus: KPI President Dave Trabert Proposes Student-focused Response to Supreme Court Ruling on School Funding.

    PBS Ruckus: KPI President Dave Trabert Proposes Student-focused Response to Supreme Court Ruling on School Funding.0

    [cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Kansas City public television station KCPT-TV interviews KPI President Dave Trabert about the recent Supreme Court ruling on school funding…including the potential impact on funding for other services and your taxes if the Legislature complies and KPI’s

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  • School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes

    School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s recent Gannon school funding ruling, if endorsed by legislators, would cause devastating tax hikes on top of record-setting tax increases just passed.  The Court cited vast differences between the new money appropriated by the Legislature ($293 million more in FY 2019) and the amount demanded by school districts (at least $1.7

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  • School Lawsuits: Over $7 Million Diverted from Classrooms to Lawyers

    School Lawsuits: Over $7 Million Diverted from Classrooms to Lawyers0

    The Gannon and Montoy school lawsuits have resulted in school districts diverting $7.3 million that could have been spent on Instruction to their lawyers suing between the 2005 and 2017 school years.  The data is provided by one of the districts’ law firms – Somers, Robb and Robb.  The downloadable listing below indicates over $300,000

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  • Blue Valley School District Distorts Spending Facts

    Blue Valley School District Distorts Spending Facts0

    A KSBH-TV story about the Blue Valley school district spending $130,000 in legal fees to avoid paying $23,000 for a blind student’s braille books says “Blue Valley School District’s total operating budget for the current school year is about $200 million.”  The reporter, Jessica McMaster, linked to her source on the Blue Valley web site

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  • Are you ready for another tax increase?

    Are you ready for another tax increase?0

    Unless legislators change their tax-and-spending-spree ways, Kansans have another big tax increase coming in the near future.  The nearly $500 million spending increase just approved for fiscal years 2017 through 2019 pushes General Fund spending to $6.609 billion; that’s $1.3 billion more than if spending had just been increased for inflation since FY 1995. Kansas

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