• 79 Districts Lost Students, Added Staff

    79 Districts Lost Students, Added Staff1

    You’d never know it from media reports or listening to the education lobby in Topeka, but 79 districts that lost students this year actually increased employment!  And perhaps the greatest complainer of them all – Kansas City – added more employees than students. The adjacent table includes some of the more eye-opening disparities.  Hutchinson (one

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  • Dedicating Income Tax to Schools is Just Pandering; There’s Also a Downside

    Dedicating Income Tax to Schools is Just Pandering; There’s Also a Downside0

    Dedicating income tax collections to school funding is the latest “Here, hold my beer” notion to come out of the Kansas Legislature this session, proving once again Thomas Sowell’s take on politics.  He said, “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems.  They are trying

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  • School Debt Sets New Record at $5.56 Billion

    School Debt Sets New Record at $5.56 Billion0

    Kansas school bond debt set another record for the 2015-16 school year at $5.56 billion spread across 183 districts.  Data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows school districts loaded up on a lot of new debt since 2005: $5.2 billion in new bond debt was issued by 149 districts. Debt Service payments totaled $4.9 billion.

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  • Kansas Legislature to Citizens – let them eat cake

    Kansas Legislature to Citizens – let them eat cake0

    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

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  • Student Outcomes Not Improving Despite Huge increases in Education Spending

    Student Outcomes Not Improving Despite Huge increases in Education Spending0

    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

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  • Math error could cost taxpayers $83 million per year

    Math error could cost taxpayers $83 million per year1

    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

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