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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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  • Achievement gaps persist despite KSDE claims

    Achievement gaps persist despite KSDE claims0

    Deputy Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander last week told legislators that achievement gaps began to close after funding was "restored," but as is often the case with KSDE, both claims were misleading.  Funding was increased, not cut, and achievement gaps have remained persistently wide. Legislators were told that proficiency – Levels 3 and 4 onREAD MORE
  • KSDE deceives legislators about student achievement

    KSDE deceives legislators about student achievement0

    It’s pretty telling when student achievement is so low that the Kansas Department of Education will only talk about it in generalities. Testimony presented by Deputy Commissioner Bran Neuenswander said state assessment scores were on a decline between 2015 and 2018, began to “level off” in 2019, but then fell in 2021.  (The assessment wasn’t

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  • 5 things you need to know about K-12 education

    5 things you need to know about K-12 education0

    Educational opportunities in Kansas can be amongst the best in the nation if we focus on students, learn from the example of states like Florida, and move past the partial truths and talking points of “supporting public schools.” Since much of what has been written about K-12 education is either misleading or simply not true, KansasREAD MORE
  • KSDE: per-pupil funding estimated at $16,216 this year

    KSDE: per-pupil funding estimated at $16,216 this year0

    The Kansas Department of Education confirmed this week that per-pupil funding is estimated to be $16,216 this year; that’s 9.2% higher than last year’s record level of $14,848.  KSDE Deputy Commissioner of Finance Craig Neuenswander confirmed the numbers in an email to KPI. Per-pupil funding from the State is estimated to be $10,967; federal aid

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  • KSDE awards $30 million to KU to perpetuate low achievement

    KSDE awards $30 million to KU to perpetuate low achievement0

    The Kansas Department of Education recently gave KU a 5-year, $30 million contract to help KSDE perpetuate abysmally low student achievement in Kansas.   OK, that’s not exactly the way the deal is described in the University of Kansas press release, but it’s an honest reflection of history and another example of students getting the short

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