• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Educators mislead Civil Rights Commission

    Educators mislead Civil Rights Commission0

    You can add ‘misleading the Kansas Advisory Council to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’ to the list of ethical lapses committed by educators in their pursuit of money.  The Advisory Council took testimony earlier this year to determine whether the Kansas school funding formula contributes to disparities in student achievement on the basis of race,

  • Kansas school boards skimp on teacher pay

    Kansas school boards skimp on teacher pay0

    Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) chief lobbyist Mark Tallman’s recent post says teacher pay is too low, but he left out one important detail – low teacher pay is a conscious decision of local school board members.  Tallman cites teacher pay estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics showing average teacher pay is

  • Olathe school administrators’ big pay hike won’t help students

    Olathe school administrators’ big pay hike won’t help students0

    The Olathe school district had a $16 million payroll increase last year as part of the legislature’s 6-year / $1 billion funding increase offered up to appease the Kansas Supreme Court.  The new money is theoretically intended to improve student achievement but the Legislature (again) failed to include any real accountability measures to ensure money