• Defending the indefensible – Supreme Court holds oral arguments on new education funding bill

    Defending the indefensible – Supreme Court holds oral arguments on new education funding bill0

    At the heart of the latest school finance proceedings earlier this week is that the justices will decide whether SB 19, the new school finance scheme, passes constitutional muster regarding adequacy of education funding.  The purpose of the nearly three-hour hearing, which can be viewed here – I watched it all so you would only

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  • Schools Defend Massive Income Tax Hike

    Schools Defend Massive Income Tax Hike0

    As Kansans collect smaller paychecks this month because of the massive income tax hike passed by the Legislature, school districts’ lobbying arm is defending it as an ‘investment.’  The Kansas Association of School Boards recently said the tax increase “…has been defended by many as necessary to stabilize the budget and comply with a Supreme

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  • Kansas Schools Petulantly Demand $972 Million More

    Kansas Schools Petulantly Demand $972 Million More0

    Like students attempting to explain away a bad grade, school districts’ taxpayer-funded lawyers bombarded the State Supreme Court with a litany of excuses and rationalizations to justify their demand for another $972 million over the next two years.  Their June 30 brief to the Court says the Legislature’s increase of $195 million in the coming

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  • Kansas Ranked 6th for State School Funding

    Kansas Ranked 6th for State School Funding0

    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Kansas had the 6th highest share of school funding provided by state government in 2015.  State school funding comprised 66 percent of total funding in Kansas, while the national average for state school funding was 47 percent.  The national average for local taxpayer support was 45 percent

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  • The new school funding formula (SB 19) ensures another lawsuit

    The new school funding formula (SB 19) ensures another lawsuit0

    More than a decade ago the Kansas Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of injecting itself into the legislative process, ordering the Legislature to cough up an additional $853 million per year to fund K-12 education in its landmark Montoy decision. The Legislature caved, allowing the Court to usurp the constitutional authority of the power

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  • New school finance law will do nothing to improve outcomes of at-risk students

    New school finance law will do nothing to improve outcomes of at-risk students0

    The Legislature blew it. Given a golden opportunity to give serious attention to the issue of low performance and the huge achievement gaps of Kansas at-risk students, the Legislature instead chose to appease the Supreme Court through an increase in funding. The new school finance law – SB 19 – is full of language aimed

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