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"It will take a long time to wade through the 139-page ruling, but even a cursory examination makes it clear that the three-judge panel didn’t let the facts get in the way of their decision. Instead, they made what amounts to a political decision that says the Legislature must increase funding by at least $548 million to meet the Rose standards even though school districts don’t know how to measure those standards." http://kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/124008.aspx


Kansas school funding decision ignores facts in arriving at a political decision
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Today’s ruling on Gannon v. State of Kansas in which the Shawnee County District Court declared school funding to be unconstitutionally low ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts’ contentions.  The three-judge panel ma
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KPI president Dave Trabert on today's ruling in the on-going school finance litigation, "This ruling willfully ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts' contentions. The judges may even have ignored the State Supreme Court's order that adequacy is to be determined on whether outcomes - as defined by the Rose capacities - are being met. The judges essentially dusted off their original decision that was rejected by the Supreme Court and added some new legal jargon attempting to justify their original action in arriving at what is little more than a political decision."

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Gov't can provide quality service while saving taxpayers money.


A plan for balancing the Kansas state budget

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert presents KPI's plan to balance the state's budget without service reductions or tax increases. Trabert spoke a...
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Dave Trabert is President of Kansas Policy Institute. He is a frequent speaker to business, legislative and civic groups and also does research and writes on fiscal policy and education issues.  His published work includes "A Five-Year Budget Plan for the State of Kansas," “Student-Focused Funding Solutions for Public Education,” “Removing Barriers to Better Public Education,” “A Historical Perspective of State Aid, Tuition and Spending for State Universities in Kansas” and “Volume III: Analysis of K-12 Spending in Kansas,” a primer on K-12 finance.

Trabert regularly testifies before Kansas House and Senate committees on state budget, tax and education issues and is an appointed member of the Kansas K-12 Student Achievement and Efficiency Commission. He serves on the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and co-chairs the Education Finance Joint Working Group for the American Legislative Exchange Council. Trabert is also a member of the Speakers Bureau at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

His commentaries have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times and The Daily Caller.  His guest editorials have also been published in many Kansas newspapers, including the Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital-Journal, Hays Daily News, Kansas City Star, Hutchinson News, Manhattan Free Press, Tonganoxie Mirror and the Sabetha Herald.

He graduated cum laude from West Liberty State College with a degree in Business Administration. E-mail Dave Trabert here.

James Franko is the Vice President and Policy Director at Kansas Policy Institute. In this role he is responsible for much of the organization's outreach, policy analysis, and communications efforts. James brings experience from across the free-market movement including time on Capitol Hill and with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas based think tank. While on Capitol Hill, he handled a variety of policy issues and spent time as a staff member within the Kansas delegation. James has published opinion pieces in such places as The DailyCaller and the Washington Times as well as policy briefs while working for the National Center for Policy Analysis. A Kansas native and Wildcat, James was raised in Stilwell and graduated from Kansas State University in 2005. At K-State, James received his Bachelor of Business Administration while dual majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship and earning a minor in economics.  E-mail James Franko here.

Patrick Parkes is Kansas Policy Institute's Fiscal Policy Analyst. He will focus on maintaining KPI's transparency portal, KansasOpenGov.Org, as well as  researching tax and fiscal policy in the Sunflower State. Patrick holds both a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science/Civic Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He co-authored a joint graduate thesis with his Civic Leadership Program cohort focused on the systemic factors influencing higher education affordability and accessibility in the United States. In addition to his fiscal policy research, his interests and projects have centered primarily on the U.S. Disability Rights Movement and the phenomenon of civic engagement more broadly. Patrick hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. E-mail Patrick Parkes here.      

Erica Sucher is Kansas Policy Institute's Development Director. In this role, she is responsible for expanding the base of funding available to support KPI's mission of limiting government, expanding personal liberty, and advocating for economic freedom. Erica is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Prior to joining KPI, she worked extensively in accounting and finance in the private sector. This included time in the corporate operations of Office Depot and INVISTA. Most recently, Erica reported directly to the CFO of DTYdirect, a high-end home goods retailer based in Wichita. E-mail Erica Sucher here.