• Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance

    Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance0

    It’s hard to believe the claim by KSDE that the second round of federal COVID relief funding – $830 million – to school districts will be used to change the way schools do business in the Sunflower State. In the required spending plan filed with the feds for receiving the additional funding, KSDE states: existing

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  • Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck

    Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck0

    Contrary to unsubstantiated claims by some education officials, Kansas has very low student achievement productivity, ranking #38 among the states.  Education lobbyists insist that Kansas has very high achievement and gets more bang-for-the-buck than any high-achieving state, but the facts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the U.S. Census show differently. A dollar

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  • Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists

    Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists0

    While Indiana is busy expanding school choice eligibility from 37,000 to 48,000 students, Kansas legislators are resisting even slight changes to existing school choice programs. What’s more, a Wall Street Journal editorial recently congratulated Indiana “for its leadership in establishing one of America’s most ambitious school voucher programs,” after the legislature expanded its primary school

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  • No, KSBOE, Kansas doesn’t ‘lead the world’ in education

    No, KSBOE, Kansas doesn’t ‘lead the world’ in education0

    A recent mailer distributed by the Kansas Board of Education and the Department of Education (KSBOE)implied that Kansas “leads the world” in the success of every student.  But that’s not true.  According to the National Assessment of Education (NAEP), Kansas doesn’t even lead the region or the nation, let alone the world. Kansas is belowREAD MORE
  • Educational opportunity opponents ignore students’ needs

    Educational opportunity opponents ignore students’ needs0

    Several Kansas state senators spoke at length this week in opposition to a better educational opportunity for students who are deemed academically or financially at-risk by school districts.  They raised (patently false) constitutional violations, said tax credits are loopholes to defund education (not true, but ironically hypocritical), and expressed grave concerns that the institution of

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  • Kansas kids need money-follow-the-child programs

    Kansas kids need money-follow-the-child programs0

    If you aren’t satisfied with the outcome after decades of effort, what makes you think that doing the same things over and over again will produce a different result? That’s certainly the case with student achievement in Kansas, as evidenced by the 2020 ACT scores. The average 2020 ACT score in Kansas declined for theREAD MORE