• 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
  • A reminder that low-income students perform better in private schools

    A reminder that low-income students perform better in private schools0

    The eleventh annual National School Choice Week is a perfect time to serve as a reminder that private schools do a better job of getting low-income students college/career ready than public schools. As KPI has shown in previous years, a much higher percentage of students attending parochial schools in Kansas urban areas scored more college/career

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  • Governor’s Commission on Racial Equality and Justice should next turn focus to education

    Governor’s Commission on Racial Equality and Justice should next turn focus to education0

    In the wake of the George Floyd killing and the COVID-19- driven protests/riots that followed across the nation, Governor Kelly established the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice last June. Not surprising was the Governor’s call for the commission to initially focus on law enforcement and criminal justice, following the nationwide outcry for reform

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