Kansans want school funding formula to hold districts accountable

Dave TrabertEducationLeave a Comment

School districts and unions are lobbying hard to resurrect Kansas’ outdated funding formula with a lot more money added but citizens clearly want something else.  A new market research study released last week shows that Kansans overwhelmingly want a school funding formula that holds districts accountable for spending money efficiently and for improving outcomes.  SurveyUSA conducted the study on behalf … Read More

Innovative schools doing nothing all districts couldn’t do with no evidence of increased student achievement

David DorseyEducation

Q. Is there anything innovative schools are doing that all other non-innovative schools couldn’t also be doing? A. No. Although not a direct quote, that was part of a Q & A discussion between members of the House Education Committee and Coalition of Innovative School District (CISD) chairman Bill Mullins during CISD’s annual report to the Legislature. Members from both … Read More

KASB’s State Education Report Card – using facts to mask the truth

David DorseyEducation

Truth is, after all, a moving target Hairs to split and pieces that don’t fit How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit – Neil Peart   There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. – Maya Angelou You gotta hand it to ‘em. The Kansas Association of School Boards … Read More

KASB, school lawyers ignore reality in naked money grab

Dave TrabertEducation

Like teenagers lobbying their parents for new stuff, the Kansas Association of School Boards and taxpayer-funded school lawyers want hundreds of millions more from taxpayers, and claim that student achievement hangs in the balance. Teenager:  You know, my grades would be a lot better if you buy me a new phone to record notes.  And if I had a car, I … Read More

Public radio distorts school funding proposal, covers for Senator’s false claim

Dave TrabertEducation

Kansas City public radio station KCUR ran a story recently about a group of Democrats and moderate Republicans developing a new school funding formula, which included a false statement by Senator Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) about school property tax.  Property tax would not increase statewide as stated in the story, but would actually decrease under the plan developed by Senator Steve … Read More

Senator Kelly misleads on school property taxes

Dave TrabertEducation

A proposal to drive student achievement AND lower property taxes statewide was deemed “dead on arrival” by a state legislator who seems uninterested in the plight of low income children who are two to three years’  worth of learning behind their more affluent peers. Senator Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) told KCUR Radio that she and other legislators are working on a … Read More

Census data confirms no correlation between school spending and achievement

David DorseyEducation

Editor’s Note : The original version of this post was based on published Census data.  KPI subsequently discovered that Census inadvertently excluded USD 512 Shawnee Mission data from their reported totals for 2014; KSDE and Census officials confirmed our finding.  Census will not republish correct data until 2015 data is released but did provide us with revised Kansas data for … Read More

Rethinking Education Tomorrow

Dave TrabertEducation

Independence Community College recently hosted a TEDx event and I was honored to be an invited speaker.  TEDx Programs are created in the spirit of TED‘s mission, “ideas worth spreading” and are designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. “Rethinking  Education Tomorrow Starts with Understanding Outcomes Today” explores the realities of … Read More