• 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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  • KSDE: school funding will be $15,105 per pupil this year

    KSDE: school funding will be $15,105 per pupil this year0

    The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) says school funding will average $15,105 per pupil for the current school year.  That’s more than a 7% increase over last year’s record of $14,085 per pupil.  KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis provided the information in an email to Kansas Policy Institute this week. KSDE estimates total aid at

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  • KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding

    KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding0

    There isn’t a single legitimate study proving that spending more money caused achievement to improve (proving causation is much different than believing in the notion), but that’s the underlying premise of KASB’s spending and achievement claims.  Money matters, but it’s how money is spent that can make a difference, and achievement will remain stubbornly low

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  • School funding decision doesn’t end litigation

    School funding decision doesn’t end litigation0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s June 14 ruling that school funding now meets the court’s definition of being constitutionally adequate is likely just a ‘time-out’ in school funding litigation.  The decision doesn’t preclude schools from taking further legal action, either within the current Gannon litigation or with another lawsuit.  And just like large funding increases in

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  • KS has 15th highest state aid per-student, moving toward top ten

    KS has 15th highest state aid per-student, moving toward top ten0

    Education data for all 50 states  just released by the U.S. Census shows Kansas had the 15th highest state aid in 2017 at $8,130 per-student.  Additional funding provided since then puts state aid in excess of $9,000 per-student, which would put Kansas among the ten highest in the nation.  New Jersey had the 10th highest

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  • Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters

    Busting the Kansas PTA MythBusters0

    The March 2019 issue of the Kansas PTA MythBusters begins with this statement: “Be aware that statistics can be used to provide clarity or to create a cloud of doubt to misdirect.”  It then proceeds with a litany of misdirection, including: Misdirection #1: “over $1 billion in cuts made to public schools…” since 2009 Fact:

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