Tag: Paul Davis

Kansas school claims, numbers don’t match
Wichita and Kansas schools

Kansas school claims, numbers don’t match

Kansas school spending advocates make claims of exploding class sizes that aren't reflected in enrollment and employment data. On Facebook, an activist makes a claim that, if accurate, is alarming: I walked with Paul Davis yesterday. I introduced him to Mrs. Scrutin. She teaches 4th grade at Mill Creek Elementary, here in Lenexa. She has seen class sizes explode from 16, to 23, now for the 2014-2015 school year 30. I gathered data from the Kansas State Department of Education and created an interactive visualization. (I'm not making the visualization available just yet, as there are some data consistency issues I need to address, and I hope to receive data for additional years.) Looking at data for Mill Creek Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District, the number of ce...
Wichita and Kansas schools

Kansas school spending, contrary to Paul Davis

Claims about school spending made by a Kansas Democratic Party leader don't quite align with facts. It is commonplace for liberal Kansas politicians and newspaper editorial pages to complain about severely cut spending on schools in Kansas. A recent example is Paul Davis in the Wichita Eagle. Nearby is a chart of Kansas school spending (click it for a larger version). It's adjusted for inflation. Spending is not as high as it was at its peak, but Davis' claim of students who "have experienced severe budget cuts" don't match the facts. Now, it's possible that Davis may want readers to consider only a portion of school spending, that being base state aid per pupil. It's the starting point for the Kansas school finance formula, and therefore an important number. Base state aid ...
After Gannon, will Kansas public school spending boosters still love courts and constitutions?
Wichita and Kansas schools

After Gannon, will Kansas public school spending boosters still love courts and constitutions?

Will Kansas Progressives' expressed love for courts and constitutions hold up in light of the school finance decision? In January Paul Davis, a prominent Kansas Democrat and candidate for governor, tweeted "With the school ruling due any day now, will Brownback comply w/the court order or try & rewrite the KS constitution?" These words were followed by a link to Davis' website that copies an article from the New York Times. (That article has its own host of problems, explained in New York Times on Kansas schools, again and More about the New York Times on Kansas school finance.) This mantra -- that the Kansas Constitution requires the legislature to spend more on public schools -- has been the drumbeat of Kansas Progressives. Their reverence for and deference to the Kansas Constituti...
WichitaLiberty.TV: For whose benefit are elections, school employment, wind power, unions, unemployment
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WichitaLiberty.TV: For whose benefit are elections, school employment, wind power, unions, unemployment

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: The controversy over the timing of city and school board elections provides an insight into government. Then: Can a candidate for governor’s claims about Kansas school employment be believed? Wind power is expensive electricity, very expensive. A Wichita auto dealer pushes back against union protests. Finally, what is the real rate of unemployment in America? Episode 36, broadcast March 23, 2014. View below, or click here to view at YouTube.
Kansas school employment: Mainstream media notices
Wichita and Kansas schools

Kansas school employment: Mainstream media notices

When two liberal newspapers in Kansas notice and report the lies told by a Democratic candidate for governor, we know there's a problem. (Okay, the Kansas City Star is really a Missouri newspaper, but covers Kansas too.) Peter Hancock wrote in the Lawrence Journal World: "Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, reportedly claimed again last week that school funding cuts under Gov. Sam Brownback's administration have led to 'thousands' of teacher layoffs, a claim that has already been shown to be greatly exaggerated." (Davis still exaggerating teacher layoff claims, March 12, 2013) On the same day Steve Kraske of the Star reported: "Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis appears to be exaggerating the number of teacher layoffs under ...
Kansas school employment: The statistics and the claims
Wichita and Kansas schools

Kansas school employment: The statistics and the claims

Claims made about Kansas schools don't match the state's statistics. Responding to the State of the State Address delivered by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis provided figures regarding Kansas public schools, telling Kansans: "On top of that, public school class sizes are growing, [and] teachers have been laid off by the thousands." Statistics from Kansas State Department of Education, however, show that school employment has rebounded, both in terms of absolute numbers of teachers and certified employees, and the ratios of pupils to these employees. The story is not the same in every district. But considering the entire state, two trends emerge. For the past two years, the number of tea...
Kansas school employment: The claims compared to statistics
Wichita and Kansas schools

Kansas school employment: The claims compared to statistics

Claims made about Kansas schools don't match the state's statistics. Responding to the State of the State Address delivered by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis provided figures regarding Kansas public schools, telling Kansans: "On top of that, public school class sizes are growing, [and] teachers have been laid off by the thousands." Statistics from Kansas State Department of Education, however, show that school employment has rebounded, both in terms of absolute numbers of teachers and certified employees, and the ratios of pupils to these employees. The story is not the same in every district. But considering the entire state, two trends emerge. For the past two years, the number of tea...
Kansas state government

Job claims in Kansas addresses

How can conflicting jobs claims made by two Kansas leaders and candidates for governor be reconciled? Listening to the State of the State Address and the official response might cause Kansans to become confused, or worse. The claims made by Sam Brownback and Paul Davis appear to contain conflicting views of Kansas employment. In the State of the State Address, Brownback said "Since December 2010, Kansas has added on average, more than a thousand private sector jobs every month." Davis, in the official response, said "According to the latest jobs report -- released just a few weeks ago -- there are 16,000 fewer Kansans working than when Governor Brownback took office." First, Davis made a mistake. He cited a number that measure the labor force and said it represented the number of Kans...
Politics

Kansas jobs: Who do we believe?

Earlier this week we saw that candidates for Kansas governor have released statements on recent job figures in Kansas. The news releases from Sam Brownback and Paul Davis appear to contain conflicting views of Kansas employment. But we saw that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has two monthly surveys that measure employment levels and trends. There's the Current Population Survey (CPS), also known as the household survey, and there is also the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, also known as the payroll or establishment survey. BLS explains: "These estimates differ because the surveys have distinct definitions of employment and distinct survey and estimation methods." Both the Davis and Brownback campaign appear to cite the data correctly. So which is the better measure to us...
Kansas state government

In Kansas, dueling job claims

Candidates for Kansas governor last week released statements on recent job figures in Kansas. The releases from Sam Brownback and Paul Davis appear to contain conflicting views of Kansas employment. Brownback released a statement containing this, in part: "In the past year, we have seen more than 20,000 new jobs in Kansas and a total of 45,600 new jobs created from January 2011 through October 2013." (Click here for the full statement.) Davis released a statement containing this, in part: "From January 2011 - Oct 2013: Period during which Brownback cites 46,500 new jobs ... Employed: +3,634 (not 46,500, which is what was claimed by Brownback)" (Click here for the full statement.) So which campaign is correct? The answer is not easy to provide. That's because there are two series ...
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