• ACT results for class of 2018: lower overall scores and curriculum-based achievement gaps

    ACT results for class of 2018: lower overall scores and curriculum-based achievement gaps0

    ACT results for the 2018 graduating class show the slow but steady achievement descent continues for graduating Kansas seniors. The overall average composite score of 21.6 is down from 21.7 in 2017 – the third decline in the last four years. Not only is the overall composite score lower, but virtually all sub-indicators also declined.

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  • KC Star made false accusations about school funding

    KC Star made false accusations about school funding0

    A recent Kansas City Star editorial said, “when adjusted for inflation, spending per-pupil in 2018, at $8,771, is right about where it was in the 1990s.”  No explanation was provided for that obviously false claim, but it was attributed to a school lobbyist.  Data from the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), however, says school funding

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  • Kansas Freedom Index provides legislative transparency

    Kansas Freedom Index provides legislative transparency0

    Speaking at a gathering of legislators and policy experts from multiple states recently, I was asked why the Republican-dominated Kansas legislature raised taxes last year instead of making government more efficient.  In response, I asked, “What’s a Republican?” We all had a good chuckle, but the sad truth is that party labels don’t mean much

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