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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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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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K-12 Spending Estimate to Break 2012 Record
Posted by Todd Davidson on Friday, September 7, 2012
A report recently released by the Kansas Legislative Research Department (KLRD) estimates total tax payer support of public schools will reach $5.757 Billion in 2013, topping 2012s record setting $5.672 Billion.  The new numbers show total funding has likely increased $2.17 Billion or 61% since 2001; inflation was up 26% over the same period.

KLRD’s data estimates per-pupil funding will be $12,628 just $32 shy of the record set in 2009. K-12 Per-pupil funding is up $4,604 or 57% since 2001. 

K-12 spending data from 1994 through 2013 is available here.

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