State aid to Finney and Ford County schools increases under block grants

David DorseyEducation

Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Reno and Harvey counties to increase under block grants

David DorseyEducation

Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Shawnee, Douglas and Jefferson counties increase under block grants

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Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Butler and Sedgwick counties to increase under block grants

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Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

State aid to Johnson and Wyandotte County schools increases under block grants

Dave TrabertEducation

Contrary to media reports and claims by many local education officials, data provided by the Kansas Department of Education shows that state aid to Kansas school districts will increase this year with the new block grants.  How can that be?  Well, when government talks about a ‘budget cut,’ that most often means that the rate of increased spending is less than it … Read More

KCEG won’t document their false claims on education funding – again.

David DorseyEducation

The Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s latest scare tactic on education funding is filled with demonstrably inaccurate data which they use to make false claims about tax reform and the efficacy of education spending.  KCEG has a long history of making inaccurate claims and declining requests for documentation (here, here, and here for example) and this time is no different. In Kansas Prioritizes Tax Cuts … Read More

Only in government – a 14% increase is denounced as a ‘cut’

Dave TrabertEducation

Media reports on the just-passed legislation that will fund schools on block grants for the current year are loaded with school administrator claims that school funding is being cut this year, and  legislators continue to be bombarded with phone calls and emails making the same claim. But it’s not true.  As we explained on a recent blog post, school funding will … Read More

Legislature Considers Changes to School Funding Formula

Dave TrabertEducation

Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, talks about the state’s K-12 school funding formula. The Kansas Legislature is considering block-grant funding schools for the next two years while they take a deliberative look at rewriting the formula.

School funding still sets new record with block grant proposal

Dave TrabertEducation

You wouldn’t know it from media reports or school district newsletters, but school funding will still set another new record this year. Superintendents say they are dealing with budget cuts but that is largely government-speak for not getting as much of an increase as they would like – and media laps it up without asking how this year’s funding compares … Read More

Kansas K-12 Carryover Reserves

Dave TrabertEducation

Kansas school districts have been accumulating unspent taxpayer funds even as they call for increased funding. Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert talks with podcast host Paul Soutar about these funds, how they got there, what they mean to the debate over the school funding formula and what the Legislature can do about it.