• School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate

    School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate0

    Revised estimates from the authors of the WestEd cost study show current school funding is adequate to produce up to a 92 percent high school graduation rate.  That’s not to validate the notion that funding can be calculated to produce any particular outcome, mind you, but judges and others who buy into the theory and

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  • School lobby pushes money correlation myth

    School lobby pushes money correlation myth0

    The new WestEd school cost study says “funding alone is not enough;…if one fails to consider how well resources are used, then increasing how much resources are provided may have a limited effect on student outcomes.”  But the Kansas school lobby is vigorously pushing the money correlation myth, hoping legislators and parents will think spending

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  • KNEA deceives teachers on school efficiency

    KNEA deceives teachers on school efficiency0

    The state’s largest Kansas teacher union, KNEA, is distorting a statement in the new cost study to deceive teachers on school efficiency; they want teachers to believe school boards and administrators aren’t wasting money.  Teachers who’ve been using their own money to buy classroom supplies routinely witness money being wasted.  District representatives and lobbyists have

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  • WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes

    WestEd cost study has media pushing huge tax hikes0

    Preliminary results of the WestEd cost study on school funding have media and some legislators salivating over the prospect of billions more being poured in Kansas schools, without even passing concern over the devastating tax hikes that would be required.  Media’s read on the WestEd cost study says $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion more is

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  • How money is spent, not how much, is key in K-12 spending, Hanushek tells Kansans

    How money is spent, not how much, is key in K-12 spending, Hanushek tells Kansans0

    “How money is spent is much more important than how much money is spent,” when it comes to government spending. This is the key takeaway from Dr. Eric Hanushek’s recent trip to Kansas. Hanushek is an internationally acclaimed economist and a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has literally written the book on

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  • KASB School Funding Statement Misses Important Perspective

    KASB School Funding Statement Misses Important Perspective0

    A February 9 blog post by Mark Tallman outlining the KASB school funding positions on some funding elements left out critical perspective that legislators and taxpayers need to understand.  Mr. Tallman’s premise is that legislators haven’t fully funded certain aspects of school finance between 2009 and 2017, and even if his numbers are accurate, the

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