• Tallman report wrongly compares school superintendents to “other” Kansas CEOs

    Tallman report wrongly compares school superintendents to “other” Kansas CEOs0

    Kansas Association of School Boards blogger Mark Tallman has published a series of reports on school administrators and their pay. The first installment compares school superintendents salaries to those of “other” Kansas CEOs. Not surprisingly, Tallman claims that “on average, Kansas school superintendents earn less than other chief executives in Kansas.” That claim is problematic

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  • KPI publishes 2018 Voter Issue Guide

    KPI publishes 2018 Voter Issue Guide0

    Whoever is elected governor and to the Kansas House of Representatives this fall will face some very serious issues come January. Kansas Policy Institute does not support or oppose candidates for public office, but we do provide educational information to the public about key economic and education issues facing Kansans.  Our 2018 Voter Issue Guide

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  • Courts, many elected officials ignore purpose of school funding

    Courts, many elected officials ignore purpose of school funding0

    The Kansas Constitution says the Legislature “…shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”  There’s considerable disagreement over whether ‘suitable’ means an amount of money or just a system of finance, but we should be able to agree on the purpose of school funding.  The purpose is not to spend

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  • Student-focused Florida trounces $-focused Kansas

    Student-focused Florida trounces $-focused Kansas0

    Facts keep getting in the way of the education lobby’s contention that money drives academic achievement, and the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the latest instance. Despite spending $1,159 per-pupil less than money-focused Kansas, student-focused Florida has significantly better results.  Of the eight proficiency measurements covering two subjects and two grade levels

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  • 2017 NAEP – small gain but long way to go

    2017 NAEP – small gain but long way to go0

    The 2017 NAEP results (National Assessment of Educational Progress) released last week show a few small gains for Kansas students but proficiency levels remain stubbornly low, especially for low income students.  Low income students, who are identified by Kansas education officials as being eligible for free or reduced lunch, gained considerable ground in 4th Grade

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  • School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate

    School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate0

    Revised estimates from the authors of the WestEd cost study show current school funding is adequate to produce up to a 92 percent high school graduation rate.  That’s not to validate the notion that funding can be calculated to produce any particular outcome, mind you, but judges and others who buy into the theory and

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