KPI releases landmark at-risk education report

David DorseyEducation

The Kansas at-risk program, which spent $3.6 billion over the past 23 years, failed its mission to improve the performance of the very students it was designed to serve. Achievement gaps in academic performance (in this case the difference between low-income and not-low-income students) are universal, significant and persistent despite the incredible growth in funding, in particular the increases since 2005. That … Read More

No correlation between spending and achievement

Dave TrabertEducation

The Kansas Association of School Boards produced a report recently which some are saying proves that spending more money leads to better outcomes, but even KASB says that is a misinterpretation.  I asked Mark Tallman of KASB if that was the case and he replied, “I specially [sic] said to the group of legislators we invited to lunch that we do NOT claim … Read More

School funding increased by $104 million but districts cut $14 million from Instruction

Dave TrabertEducation

New data released to the 2015 Special Committee on K-12 Student Success shows that school districts collectively spent $13.5 million less on Instruction last year, even though total spending increased by $104.5 million.   The complete breakout for each cost center has not been released, but KSDE did provide total spending in an earlier release. The $3.281 billion spent on Instruction represents … Read More

At-risk funding misses target of putting students first

David DorseyEducation

The at-risk program began in Kansas in 1992. Its purpose was “to provide at-risk students with additional educational opportunities and instructional services to assist in closing the achievement gap.” In the last 10 years, more than $350 million of the nearly $2 billion increase in education dollars went to at-risk funding, but the program not only failed to close achievement … Read More

KC Star repeats bogus claim on school funding

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A good portion of a recent KC Star editorial appears to be a regurgitation of Duane Goossen’s bogus commentary for the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, an organization that favors high spending, high taxes and is afraid to come out in public and defend their claims against those who can expose their false claims.  A link to his piece is included in my … Read More

KCEG abuses the truth on school funding…again.

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The Kansas Center for Economic Growth and Duane Goossen steadfastly refuse to publicly debate school finance and state budget issues with us, as their work is so easily shown to be false, misleading and otherwise distorted (see here, here, here, and here for examples).  Mr. Goossen’s most recent piece is another fine example of how they abuse the truth. He has a table called State Aid and Enrollment … Read More

Extraordinary Needs funding is in addition to block grants

Dave TrabertEducation

School superintendents telling media that the money to fund Extraordinary Needs was deducted from the block grants may be giving the impression that they had to pay into the Extraordinary Needs fund from the block grants they collected, but that is not the case.  As confirmed by Dale Dennis below, the money to fund Extraordinary Needs was not included in … Read More

Extraordinary needs…or wants?

Dave TrabertEducation

Thirty-eight school districts have applied for additional state aid from the Extraordinary Needs fund based on increased enrollment, reduced property values, loss of state aid (just Hutchinson) and the reactivation of two refugee resettlement agencies in Wichita by the U.S. Office for Refugee Resettlement.  The State Finance Council will decide whether – or the extent to which – each case … Read More

Debunking the “Great Kansas Teacher Exodus” Myth

David DorseyEducation

David Dorsey, a senior education policy fellow with the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about an article he wrote exploding the myth – perpetuated by a Washington Post story – that the number of Kansas teachers leaving the profession is up dramatically and that it’s the fault of the Kanas legislature.

School funding decision ignores facts and the Supreme Court

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The recent ruling from the Shawnee County District Court finding school funding to be constitutionally inadequate comes as no surprise; this isn’t the first time the three-judge panel ignored State Supreme Court rulings and other pertinent facts. The Supreme Court returned the panel’s January 2013 original ruling in March 2014, saying they used the wrong test to determine whether schools … Read More