• Gannon VI, Die Hard and All That Jazz

    Gannon VI, Die Hard and All That Jazz0

    The timeless 1988 action move Die Hard teased the audience with classic Hollywood plot misdirection. What appeared to be an international band of criminals kidnapping corporate officials to gain the release of terrorists around the world, turned out to be nothing more than a very sophisticated, daring (and high dollar!) cash grab. The story arc

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  • Kansas Voters Want their Representatives Allocating Education Spending Levels – Not Courts.

    Kansas Voters Want their Representatives Allocating Education Spending Levels – Not Courts.0

    A POLL RELEASED TODAY BY KANSAS POLICY INSTITUTE SHOWS VOTERS WANT LAWMAKERS TO APPROPRIATE EDUCATION SPENDING LEVELS IN KANSAS, NOT THE JUDICIAL BRANCH. June 29 – Wichita – This week, after the years-long Gannon v. Kansas lawsuit over state funding for public schools, the Kansas Supreme Court released their opinion rejecting a six-year $854 million

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  • Consequences, not spending, drive changes in student achievement

    Consequences, not spending, drive changes in student achievement0

    (This column is written by KPI scholar David Dorsey, who formerly taught in Kansas public schools for more than a decade.) 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

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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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