Kansans want efficiency, no new taxes for schools

Dave TrabertEducation

Results of our March 2016 SurveyUSA Market Research Study include some very clear messages for legislators on a number of education issues, which will force them to choose between citizens and the institutional demands of special interests.  Local school boards and unions vehemently oppose efforts to make school districts operate efficiently, with efficiency defined as providing the same or better … Read More

Docking survey produces misleading sentiment on school funding

Dave TrabertEducation

The Docking Institute at Fort Hays State University released survey results last week purporting that Kansans think school funding should be increased, but that ‘finding’ is based on a flawed survey concept. Experienced pollsters know that responses to questions such as “should funding for Kansas schools increase, decrease or remain the same” are only as valid as respondents’ grasp of … Read More

Classroom size increases despite teacher hiring outpacing student growth

David DorseyEducation

Some things just don’t add up. In Kansas, student enrollment is up a modest 4.8% over the past ten years. Over the same time period, the number of classroom teachers has increased more rapidly, at 5.4%. A reasonable inference from those facts is that classroom sizes would be smaller or at least no larger. However, just the opposite is true. … Read More

Pay raises to superintendents and principals far outpace those to teachers

David DorseyEducation

  One of the most important duties of a school district is to recruit and retain an excellent teaching core. That should be a top priority of any local school board. And although salary may not be the driving force for those entering the teaching profession, better compensation for effective teachers would attract and retain more qualified people to the … Read More

As the New Legislative Session Begins, the Education Establishment Crows the Same Old, Tired Tune

David DorseyEducation

As dawn broke on the 2016 legislative session, a joint statement was released by the Kansas education establishment. The Kansas Association of School Boards, the United School Administrators, KNEA and the Kansas School Superintendents Association published this communication in Under the Dome. The underlying message is about as subtle as a rooster announcing the new day with “we’re doing the … Read More

Report by attorneys for Schools For Fair Funding fails in attempt to discredit KPI’s At-Risk study

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An analysis by the attorneys who represent Schools For Fair Funding (SFFF) spent taxpayer dollars in an attempt to refute the findings of KPI’s At-Risk Funding: Increased Money Fails to Increase Achievement. SFFF claims to show that, in their words: “the achievement gap was substantially reduced during the time period of increased resources brought on by the Montoy moneys.” (emphasis not added) Specifically, … Read More

Survey Finds Kansans Misled on School Spending

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December 14, 2015 – Wichita – Kansas Policy Institute released a new Survey USA Poll of 509 registered voters in Kansas showing a significant disconnect between voters’ perception of Kansas school spending and true expenditures. The survey found 47% of Kansans believe per-pupil funding has dropped more than 5% in the last 5 years. Another 15% believe it has dropped less than 5%. In fact, … Read More

School districts prioritize hiring management over teachers

David DorseyEducation

In the past decade, the state legislature has increased funding to schools by nearly $2 BILLION. Local school boards, which are responsible for deciding how to spend the money, have chosen to take that additional money and prioritize hiring manager positions over teachers. According to data gleaned from the Kansas State Department of Education, in the past ten years, the number of … Read More