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At-Risk education funding was created to help our hardest to reach students but may be less focused today. KPI education policy fellow, and former public school teacher, discusses in our latest podcast.


David Dorsey Talks About At-Risk School Funding
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David Dorsey explains at-risk school funding in Kansas including what it is, how it came to be and its status under the current block grant funding for Kansas K-12 education. David is an Adjunct Education Policy Fellow with Kansas Policy Institute with 20 ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 18:50:54 +0000
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David Dorsey talks USD 501 and its use of scare tactics in search of a voter-approved Local Option Budget (LOB) increase. http://bit.ly/1Adb9Dg


USD 501 uses scare tactics to justify LOB election
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The USD 501 school board voted unanimously on April 29 to hold an election to increase the district’s local option budget (LOB). They claim the $3 million that could be raised with voter approval is necessary “in the face of state budget cuts.” &
Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:01 +0000
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Our Ed. Policy Analyst David Dorsey traces the history of "at-risk" school funding in the Sunflower State. http://ow.ly/N0qKV


The political and judicial impact of at-risk funding in Kansas - at-risk funding part 3
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Note: Since the undertaking of this at-risk project, the school funding formula has changed to what’s commonly referenced as the block grant system. At-risk funding as a distinct pot of money technically has expired although the money&nb
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No Need for Sales Tax Increase in 2013
Posted by Dave Trabert on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Several media reports have recently mentioned that some legislators and Governor Brownback are considering a sales tax increase next year as part of a long term plan to eventually eliminate the income tax.  Eliminating the income tax is a worthy long term goal, but the immediate issue is implementing the tax reform already passed by making all aspects of government operate more efficiently.  Reducing the cost of existing services, including public education, can be accomplished without impacting outcomes but it's hard work.  It requires fortitude and political will to resist the pushback from state agencies and special interest groups.  

Eliminating the income tax may require a slightly higher sales tax but the necessary rate cannot be established until government is first made to operate as efficiently as possible.

Kansas is by far the big spender in the region, with 2012 budgeted spending of $2,124 per resident compared to $1,579 for the states of Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. In fact, Kansas could reduce spending by $186 per resident to fully implement existing tax reform and STILL be the higher spender in the region.

Low taxes are the secret to strong economic growth and job creation, and efficient spending is the secret to having low taxes.   Every state has essentially the same basket of services but some find ways to provide those services at a better price. Spending less is NOT about eliminating services, it's about providing them at a better price.

Increasing the sales tax in 2013 might appease special interest groups that resist having government operate efficiently, but taxpayers deserve better.

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