• Public education a recession-proof industry

    Public education a recession-proof industry0

    Amidst all the attention over when and how schools reopen, one topic has been overlooked. In an economy that has been decimated with unemployment in the wake of COVID-19, those in the education community have escaped facing the same economic reality as many of their patrons. Buoyed by federal dollars through the CARES Act and

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  • As COVID-19 triggers financial hardship, Gov. Kelly spares government the pain

    As COVID-19 triggers financial hardship, Gov. Kelly spares government the pain0

    COVID-19 and government orders continue to wreak havoc on Kansans’ livelihood and finances. Under an economic recession, the state government should feel the pain as well. However, with a looming $1.5 billion state budget shortfall, Gov. Kelly refuses to balance the budget. Instead, her latest plan intends to skip debt payments, push spending into the

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  • Kelly’s K-12 budget plan favors government over taxpayers

    Kelly’s K-12 budget plan favors government over taxpayers0

    When Governor Kelly signed the school funding bill in 2019, she knew it would create large budget deficits within two years.  One highly placed source asked her what she would do if the state ran short of money, and she replied, “Well if we can’t afford it, I’ll just tell the court we can’t afford

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  • Kansas #6 in state aid but #36 in achievement productivity

    Kansas #6 in state aid but #36 in achievement productivity0

    The 2018 Public Education Finance data from the U.S. Census again confirms Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.  Spending per pupil increased by 3.8% nationwide – more than twice the rate of inflation – but achievement is flat or down in most states.  Per-pupil spending

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  • Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts

    Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts0

    With the State of Kansas facing up to a $1 billion shortfall next year in an $8 billion General Fund budget, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ exempt from COVID budget cuts.  K-12 education consumes about half of the budget and with $843 million in funding, higher education takes another 11%. Most legislators knew the

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  • 2020 K-12 Fact Book

    2020 K-12 Fact Book0

    Aside from ACT scores, all data in this Fact Book come from official government sources, including local school districts, the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and the U.S. Department of Education. All data are the most current available and, unless otherwise noted, span through the 2018-2019 academic year. Additional information (including annual historical data) forREAD MORE