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  • Inflation-adjusted school funding +52%, teacher pay down 9%

    Inflation-adjusted school funding +52%, teacher pay down 9%0

    Allegations of low teacher pay is used to urge legislators for more funding, but money is not the problem or the answer.  (For the record, Kansas was #38 in 2019, but adjusted for the cost of living, Kansas was #15). Data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which come from local school districts, show

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  • School budgets average $16,686 per pupil this year

    School budgets average $16,686 per pupil this year0

    Data published by the Kansas Department of Education show school budgets average $16,686 per student this year.  Actual spending for the 2021 school year was $15,869. A review of the 25 largest districts based on enrollment shows budgeted spending ranging from a low of around $12,000 for Andover to almost $24,000 for Geary County Schools. 

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  • Barely half of $7 billion school funding is spent on Instruction

    Barely half of $7 billion school funding is spent on Instruction0

    The Kansas Education Accounting Manual tells school districts that Instruction spending – direct interaction between teachers and students – is “…the most important part of the education program, the very foundation on which everything else is built. If this function fails to perform at the needed level, the whole educational program is doomed to failure

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  • K-12 Instruction spending allocation hits new low

    K-12 Instruction spending allocation hits new low0

    The Kansas Education Accounting Manual tells school districts that Instruction – direct interaction between teachers and students – is “…the most important part of the education program, the very foundation on which everything else is built. If this function fails to perform at the needed level, the whole educational program is doomed to failure regardless

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