• School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate

    School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate0

    Revised estimates from the authors of the WestEd cost study show current school funding is adequate to produce up to a 92 percent high school graduation rate.  That’s not to validate the notion that funding can be calculated to produce any particular outcome, mind you, but judges and others who buy into the theory and

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  • WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes

    WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes0

    Preliminary results of the WestEd cost study on school funding have media and some legislators salivating over the prospect of billions more being poured in Kansas schools, without even passing concern over the devastating tax hikes that would be required.  Media’s read on the WestEd cost study says $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion more is

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  • Review of Kansas education cost studies a reminder of the absurdity of it all

    Review of Kansas education cost studies a reminder of the absurdity of it all0

    The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state. -Kansas Constitution, Article 6, Sec. 6(b) (emphasis added) As part of the newest wrinkle in the never-ending Gannon saga – yet another education cost study – a peer review of the cost-study process was included in the$285,000 package. The consultant

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  • Court: Legislature Should Resist Separation of Powers Violation

    Court: Legislature Should Resist Separation of Powers Violation0

    Legislators calling for a constitutional amendment to prevent courts from violating the separation of powers doctrine and ordering school funding increases are being scolded by media and the education lobby for failure to comply with the Supreme Court in Gannon.  But according to Kansas Supreme Court Justice Rosen’s opinion in Solomon v. State of Kansas,

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  • Kansans Reject Supreme Court School Control

    Kansans Reject Supreme Court School Control0

    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

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  • Court’s Gannon Ruling Won’t Help Kids

    Court’s Gannon Ruling Won’t Help Kids0

    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 –

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