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  • School districts (again) rake in millions for non-existent students

    School districts (again) rake in millions for non-existent students0

    According to the latest student count data released by KSDE, districts across the state are set to receive in excess of $330 million in taxpayer funding during the 2021-22 school year for more than 70,000 non-existent students. Last year KPI published blogs here and here that disclosed how the state public school finance formula allows

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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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  • No, KSBOE, Kansas doesn’t ‘lead the world’ in education

    No, KSBOE, Kansas doesn’t ‘lead the world’ in education0

    A recent mailer distributed by the Kansas Board of Education and the Department of Education (KSBOE)implied that Kansas “leads the world” in the success of every student.  But that’s not true.  According to the National Assessment of Education (NAEP), Kansas doesn’t even lead the region or the nation, let alone the world. Kansas is belowREAD MORE
  • 2021 Legislator Briefing Book also has good value for taxpayers

    2021 Legislator Briefing Book also has good value for taxpayers0

    Our 2021 Legislator Briefing Book is designed to give legislators and taxpayers a quick-reference guide that provides background and perspective on state spending, tax facts, economic conditions, and K-12 education. It’s all government data, but much of it is hard to find.  And the data often contradicts what you’ve heard from media and government officials. READ MORE
  • Student weightings add over $1.4 billion in education expenditures

    Student weightings add over $1.4 billion in education expenditures0

    Total K-12 education expenditures for the 2019-20 school year topped the $7 billion mark according to the latest financial figures released by KSDE. Per-pupil expenditures rose 5.42% to $14,848. (KSDE just estimated 2020-21 total spending at $7.3 billion  and per-pupil at $16,216.)  Of the $7 billion spent in 2019-20, just over  $2.1 billion came directly

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  • 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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