There are winners and losers now that the decision has been made in the Kansas school finance lawsuit. But no group lost more than Kansas schoolchildren.
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The response to a survey regarding Kansas school spending is useful for two reasons: It lets us gauge the level of knowledge of the public, and it also tells us the extent to which school spending advocates will go to justify and excuse spending.
One might think that the mission of the Kansas Association of School Boards is to help school districts maximize the educational impact of spending. Judging by a task force formed by KASB, this may not have been the case.
Kansas public school test scores have declined. This should cause us to ask two questions: why have the scores been rising, and does Kansas do as well as is claimed?
Attitudes toward Kansas public schools, or facts about them: Which is most important? For boosters of the Kansas school spending establishment, attitude is all that matters.
Today: Proclamations for this week; American Exceptionalism to be topic; Taxpayer-funded lobbying; Kansas Policy Institute advertisement. Wichita Eagle editorial board.
A video criticizing the Kansas Policy Institute for placing a series of ads in Kansas newspapers claims KPI "conceals" and "ignores" facts and statistics. But I didn't have to work very hard to find many gross and blatant mistakes, distortions, and coverups in the video -- the same problems found in much of the communications of the Kansas public school spending bureaucracy and establishment.
When a Kansas public policy think tank placed ads in Kansas newspapers calling attention to the performance of Kansas schools, the public school establishment didn't like it. The defense of the Kansas school status quo, especially that coming from Kansas Commissioner of Education Diane DeBacker, ought to cause Kansans to examine the motives of the school spending establishment and their ability to be truthful about Kansas schools.
Conventional wisdom this year is that Kansas is struggling with a plan for school reform. The reality, however, is that the state is merely considering a change in how to pay for its schools. No actual reform is contemplated.
Today: Kansas school forum; Ambassador Hotel to be subject of discussion; Capital gains tax rate; Kan-ed audit; Huelskamp and Sharpton; Education reform blog started; Super PACs.
Based on choices that many school districts have made in response to legislation giving them flexibility to spend fund balances, Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives Mike O'Neal questions whether a school funding crisis actually exists.
According to the reporting surrounding the revision of the Kansas school finance formula, Kansas is overlooking a sure way to save money and improve Kansas schools: widespread school choice.
As Kansas struggles to find funding for its public schools and other functions of government, we're losing an opportunity to examine our schools and see if they're performing as well as they should, both financially and academically.
Today: Education, Sam Brownback, Economic development, School choice, Privatization
As Kansas schools sue taxpayers for more funding, important issues of education in Kansas are being overlooked.
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In its search to find a solution to the problem of funding its government schools, Kansas is overlooking a sure solution: widespread school choice.
Last week USA Today carried an editorial by an Alexandria, Virginia school teacher that contains an unfortunate misunderstanding of the term competition as it applies to economics and education.
A Gallup poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe that teachers should be paid "on the basis of the quality of his/her work." 72 percent of public school parents believe this.
Dietz said that earlier this year, an organization had labeled schools as "pigs at the trough." Saying she is speaking for herself only and not on behalf of any organization, Dietz noted that "Mark is our lead lobbyist for K-12 education, and Diane represents Wichita Public Schools." She presented both with a memento that had something to do with pigs and oinking.