• 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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  • What’s in the House school funding plan?

    What’s in the House school funding plan?0

    The House school funding plan that developed last week proposes to give schools $500 million more over five years in hope of appeasing the Kansas Supreme Court.  There would be an increase in special education funding but most of the money goes to increasing base state aid.  Ironically, a constitutional amendment was also introduced that

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  • 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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