• 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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  • School budgets: savings opportunities abound

    School budgets: savings opportunities abound0

    Last week we explained why we believe education budgets shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts.  In short, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ when the state is facing upwards of a $1 billion budget deficit next year and K-12 consumes about half of General Fund spending. Today we’ll explore some of the many school

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  • Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts

    Education shouldn’t be exempt from COVID budget cuts0

    With the State of Kansas facing up to a $1 billion shortfall next year in an $8 billion General Fund budget, there can be no ‘sacred cows’ exempt from COVID budget cuts.  K-12 education consumes about half of the budget and with $843 million in funding, higher education takes another 11%. Most legislators knew the

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  • 2020 Education FactBook provides 20/20 look at spending and achievement

    2020 Education FactBook provides 20/20 look at spending and achievement0

    KPI has just released the 2020 version of the annual Public Education FactBook . As in previous editions, this is an invaluable resource for data on overall spending, per-pupil spending, assessment results, employment and enrollment and much more. The information provided is on multiple levels – statewide, districtwide, and nationwide – and for multiple years,

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  • 2020 K-12 Fact Book

    2020 K-12 Fact Book0

    Aside from ACT scores, all data in this Fact Book come from official government sources, including local school districts, the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and the U.S. Department of Education. All data are the most current available and, unless otherwise noted, span through the 2018-2019 academic year. Additional information (including annual historical data) forREAD MORE