• Kansas #6 in state aid but #36 in achievement productivity

    Kansas #6 in state aid but #36 in achievement productivity0

    The 2018 Public Education Finance data from the U.S. Census again confirms Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.  Spending per pupil increased by 3.8% nationwide – more than twice the rate of inflation – but achievement is flat or down in most states.  Per-pupil spending

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  • School budgets: savings opportunities abound

    School budgets: savings opportunities abound0

    Last week we explained why we believe education budgets shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts.  In short, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ when the state is facing upwards of a $1 billion budget deficit next year and K-12 consumes about half of General Fund spending. Today we’ll explore some of the many school

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  • Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts

    Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts0

    With the State of Kansas facing up to a $1 billion shortfall next year in an $8 billion General Fund budget, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ exempt from COVID budget cuts.  K-12 education consumes about half of the budget and with $843 million in funding, higher education takes another 11%. Most legislators knew the

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  • Building-level spending disproves ‘spending drives achievement’ theory

    Building-level spending disproves ‘spending drives achievement’ theory0

    Of the five high schools in USD 500 Kansas City, the one that spends the least amount per-pupil has the highest scores on the state assessment test.  Each school has high levels of economically challenged students, but one school earns a ‘B’ for its state assessment results and the other four get an ‘F.’ Spending

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