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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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  • 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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  • Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck

    Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck0

    Contrary to unsubstantiated claims by some education officials, Kansas has very low student achievement productivity, ranking #38 among the states.  Education lobbyists insist that Kansas has very high achievement and gets more bang-for-the-buck than any high-achieving state, but the facts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the U.S. Census show differently. A dollar

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  • School boards ignore income and racial educational discrimination

    School boards ignore income and racial educational discrimination0

    School boards across Kansas are gushing about their devotion to equality and their determination to stamp out racism, but until they stop ignoring their own systemic educational discrimination for low-income kids and students of color, their words are merely political posturing. How can Shawnee Mission school board members say they are maintaining an educational environmentREAD MORE
  • Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists

    Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists0

    While Indiana is busy expanding school choice eligibility from 37,000 to 48,000 students, Kansas legislators are resisting even slight changes to existing school choice programs. What’s more, a Wall Street Journal editorial recently congratulated Indiana “for its leadership in establishing one of America’s most ambitious school voucher programs,” after the legislature expanded its primary school

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