• $3.7 billion tax increase set up by courts and schools

    $3.7 billion tax increase set up by courts and schools0

    Remember this fairy tale about Obamacare? “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”  The Kansas version of that hollow promise is ‘we can massively increase school funding without a tax increase.’ The harsh reality is that Kansas taxpayers are being set up for a $3.7 billion tax increase over the next

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  • Gannon VI demand for school funding is off base

    Gannon VI demand for school funding is off base0

    The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) says it will take another $364 million to satisfy the Gannon VI finding of inadequate funding, but based on the court’s own test of adequacy, there’s no legal basis for more school funding. In its June 2018 ruling on Gannon VI, the court said the state owes inflationary increases

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  • Courts, many elected officials ignore purpose of school funding

    Courts, many elected officials ignore purpose of school funding0

    The Kansas Constitution says the Legislature “…shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”  There’s considerable disagreement over whether ‘suitable’ means an amount of money or just a system of finance, but we should be able to agree on the purpose of school funding.  The purpose is not to spend

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  • 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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