• 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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  • School District Debt Exceeds $6 Billion

    School District Debt Exceeds $6 Billion0

    New data from the Department of Education shows outstanding school district debt set a new record at $6.1 billion last year.  The average debt per-pupil (only counting enrollment at districts with debt) is $14,715.  Total debt outstanding and the amount per-pupil for each district can be downloaded here at KansasOpenGov.org.  District-level reports on debt issued

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  • Court: Legislature Should Resist Separation of Powers Violation

    Court: Legislature Should Resist Separation of Powers Violation0

    Legislators calling for a constitutional amendment to prevent courts from violating the separation of powers doctrine and ordering school funding increases are being scolded by media and the education lobby for failure to comply with the Supreme Court in Gannon.  But according to Kansas Supreme Court Justice Rosen’s opinion in Solomon v. State of Kansas,

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  • 2018 State of the State Fails Students

    2018 State of the State Fails Students0

    In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Brownback said Kansas cannot go down “…the primrose path of thinking that educational results can be forced by massive infusions of taxpayer money alone.”  And then he proposed doing exactly what he correctly said won’t work – giving local school boards $600 million more over five

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  • Student Achievement Key to Future of Kansas, Not Money

    Student Achievement Key to Future of Kansas, Not Money0

    Dramatically better student achievement is key to the future of Kansas, but sadly, the education lobby and their taxpayer-funded lawyers believe money is what matters.  They want parents to believe that simply meeting their financial demands with huge tax increases will magically improve outcomes and they don’t let facts get in their way. A recent

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