Kansans Reject Supreme Court School Control

James FrankoEducationLeave a Comment

Legislators are facing a political dilemma when they return to Topeka in January.  They must either represent the will of the people who elected them or they must firmly reject Supreme Court school control. Supreme Court control of schools seen via a court demand of nearly $1 billion more in school funding. As we wrote recently, the court pretty clearly … Read More

Court’s Gannon Ruling Won’t Help Kids

Dave TrabertEducation

New data from the Kansas Department of Education provides more stark evidence showing the Kansas Supreme Court Gannon ruling to increase funding won’t help students.   Legislators could give more money to local school boards but they can’t make them spend it effectively or efficiently.  And that’s largely the reason that simply spending more money never has – and never will … Read More

A Student-Focused Response to the Kansas Supreme Court

Dave TrabertEducation

There’s good basis for the growing sentiment to defy the recent Kansas Supreme Court opinion on school funding in Gannon, but that would only perpetuate the real education crisis – low achievement levels overall and horrendous achievement gaps for low income students. The time it would take to close achievement gaps for low income students in Kansas once was measured … Read More

Latest Stanford study shows NYC charter students outperform traditional public school students – and at a lower cost

David DorseyEducation

The Stanford University-based Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) just published the results of a comprehensive study comparing New York City charter school students to traditional public school (TPS) students in the Big Apple. The researchers found “an average New York City charter student demonstrates growth equivalent to completing 23 additional days of learning in reading and 63 additional … Read More

Chameleon court decides it really is all about the Benjamins (for now)

David DorseyEducation

The latest (and surely not final) Supreme Court ruling in Gannon v. State, known as Gannon V, is yet another pivot from their previous position outlined in this Chameleon Court’s first Gannon decision. In Gannon I in 2014, the Court posited that money was not the determining factor in determining whether the “suitable provision” clause of Article 6 of the … Read More

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

Dave TrabertEducation

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 more is already committed for … Read More

New education funding targeted toward teacher compensation, not student outcomes

David DorseyEducation

There was much spirited and often heated discussion regarding the crafting of the new education finance law among the various legislative committee hearings during the 2017 session. Legislators debated a variety of approaches that addressed the amount of additional money that would go to schools, with a keen eye toward what they felt would satisfy the Supreme Court pursuant to … Read More