• State’s passive approach to “best practices” won’t improve outcomes of at-risk students

    State’s passive approach to “best practices” won’t improve outcomes of at-risk students0

    Included in SB 19 – the court-demanded ransom to increase to K-12 funding passed during the 2017 legislative session – was a higher weighting for at-risk students, meaning schools now get even more money that in theory is to be targeted to reduce income-based achievement gaps. Recognizing that schools have failed to close those achievement

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  • Improving Low Student Achievement Levels

    Improving Low Student Achievement Levels0

    Improving persistently low student achievement levels is one of the greatest challenges facing Kansans.  Some students do quite well and overall outcomes are a little better than the national average, but there’s still tremendous need for improvement. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows only about a quarter of low income students are Proficient

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  • 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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