• School funding sets new record at $13,620 per-pupil

    School funding sets new record at $13,620 per-pupil0

    School funding set another new record in Kansas last year, averaging $13,620 per-pupil.  Data just released by the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) also shows a new State Aid record was set $9,086 per-pupil.   Total funding hit $6.5 billion, which was about a $400 million increase over the previous year. These new records come from

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  • School cash reserves set new record at $952 million

    School cash reserves set new record at $952 million0

    Despite claims of being horribly underfunded, Kansas school cash reserves set another new record of $952 million this year.  And that’s just their operating funds; districts also set new records for capital outlay reserves ($528 million) and debt service reserves ($581 million).  Total carryover cash reserves, including record-setting federal cash balances of $48 million, hit

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  • KPI publishes 2018 Voter Issue Guide

    KPI publishes 2018 Voter Issue Guide0

    Whoever is elected governor and to the Kansas House of Representatives this fall will face some very serious issues come January. Kansas Policy Institute does not support or oppose candidates for public office, but we do provide educational information to the public about key economic and education issues facing Kansans.  Our 2018 Voter Issue Guide

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  • 2018 Voter Issue Guide

    2018 Voter Issue Guide0

    Whoever is elected governor and to the Kansas House of Representatives this fall will face some very serious issues come January. Kansas Policy Institute does not support or oppose candidates for public office, but we do provide educational information to the public about key economic and education issues facing Kansans.  Our 2018 Voter Issue Guide

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  • Payroll jumps in Shawnee Mission but not for teachers

    Payroll jumps in Shawnee Mission but not for teachers0

    USD 512 Shawnee Mission reports a $5.6 million payroll increase for the 2018 school year, of which a measly $467,000 was spent on teachers.  Put differently, total payroll for positions identified as teachers increased by less than half of a percent but all other pay jumped 8.1 percent.  The data comes from the district’s response

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  • USD 500 Kansas City shortchanges teachers (again)

    USD 500 Kansas City shortchanges teachers (again)0

    The Kansas City, Kansas school district – USD 500 – spent just 1.2 percent more on teacher pay during the 2018 school year according to data provided by the district in an Open Records request.  That’s the same percentage increase for the total payroll, but there are some eye-opening outliers. Superintendent Cynthia Lane took home

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