• Consequences, not spending, drive changes in student achievement

    Consequences, not spending, drive changes in student achievement0

    Recently I showed how the Supreme Court’s belief of a relationship between education spending and student achievement is fundamentally flawed. Throughout the Gannon case – the Court’s Gannon VI decision is expected any time – the Court has compared statewide averages of state assessment scores to average per-pupil spending over several years and concluded a

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  • An alternate look at spending and achievement disputes relationship determined by Supreme Court

    An alternate look at spending and achievement disputes relationship determined by Supreme Court0

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on May 22 from the State Solicitor and plaintiffs’ attorney pursuant to what will be the sixth Supreme Court decision in the eight-year old Gannon saga. A decision will be presumably handed down before June 30. Front and center in the arguments is whether the state legislature’s most recent

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  • Kansas Supreme Court teetering on tyranny

    Kansas Supreme Court teetering on tyranny0

    If the Kansas Supreme Court rejects the Legislature’s latest attempt to mollify on school funding as predicted, Governor Colyer and the Legislature will soon face another monumental decision.  Individually and collectively, they must decide whether (finally) to defend the constitution and reject the court’s attempt to establish a judicial oligarchy or (again) make an even

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  • KPI presents scholarly review critical of WestEd education cost study

    KPI presents scholarly review critical of WestEd education cost study0

    Kansas Policy Institute commissioned a review of the recent WestEd education cost study that was undertaken for the Kansas legislature at the behest of the Kansas Supreme Court. Dr. Benjamin Scafidi of Kennesaw State University has provided a response (here) critical of WestEd’s use of a “cost function” approach to determine education funding in Kansas.

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  • “Cost” Functions Should Not Be Used to Make Education Spending Decisions

    “Cost” Functions Should Not Be Used to Make Education Spending Decisions0

    Executive Summary In response to the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Gannon V case, the Kansas Legislature recently contracted with a vendor to analyze the “cost” of educating public school students in grades K-12. Specifically, the vendor was asked to “estimate the minimum spending required to produce a given outcome within a given

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  • Kansas school funding study cuts rural schools

    Kansas school funding study cuts rural schools0

    Implementing the recommendation of the WestEd Kansas school funding study to reach a 95 percent graduation rate would result in funding cuts for 53 counties even though total funding would jump by more than $400 million.  Even a $2 billion increase would cut school funding in 11 counties – Clay, Coffey, Ellis, Jackson, Kiowa, Logan,

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