• 2021 Legislator Briefing Book also has good value for taxpayers

    2021 Legislator Briefing Book also has good value for taxpayers0

    Our 2021 Legislator Briefing Book is designed to give legislators and taxpayers a quick-reference guide that provides background and perspective on state spending, tax facts, economic conditions, and K-12 education. It’s all government data, but much of it is hard to find.  And the data often contradicts what you’ve heard from media and government officials. READ MORE
  • School district hiring underscores need for money-follow-the-child programs

    School district hiring underscores need for money-follow-the-child programs0

    (Editor’s note – this article has been updated with a revised calculation of virtual enrollment; the original article showed a 22,000 total enrollment decline.  Some of the district enrollment changes are also updated.) School districts' decisions to add managers and cut classroom aides is the latest indication that legislators need to approve money-follow-the-child programs toREAD MORE
  • Barely half of $7 billion school funding is spent on Instruction

    Barely half of $7 billion school funding is spent on Instruction0

    The Kansas Education Accounting Manual tells school districts that Instruction spending – direct interaction between teachers and students – is “…the most important part of the education program, the very foundation on which everything else is built. If this function fails to perform at the needed level, the whole educational program is doomed to failure

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  • KSDE: per-pupil funding estimated at $16,216 this year

    KSDE: per-pupil funding estimated at $16,216 this year0

    The Kansas Department of Education confirmed this week that per-pupil funding is estimated to be $16,216 this year; that’s 9.2% higher than last year’s record level of $14,848.  KSDE Deputy Commissioner of Finance Craig Neuenswander confirmed the numbers in an email to KPI. Per-pupil funding from the State is estimated to be $10,967; federal aid

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  • Shawnee Mission superintendent wants a property tax increase

    Shawnee Mission superintendent wants a property tax increase0

    How tone-deaf…or insensitive…or just plain entitled…must one be to propose a property tax increase while individuals and business owners are struggling to make ends meet?  Taxpayers in the Shawnee Mission School District are about to find out. The Shawnee Mission Post reports that Superintendent Mike Fulton told the school board the best way to free

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  • Better teacher prep programs, not math coaches, is the answer to low math achievement

    Better teacher prep programs, not math coaches, is the answer to low math achievement0

    A few weeks ago Education Week published a story entitled “Are Math Coaches the Answer to Lagging Achievement?”. The article cites a body of research indicating that “one-on-one coaching can improve…student achievement.” The caveat is that most of the research has to do with coaching reading and literacy, with a smaller number of studies on

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