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"School choice, it seems, should be a no-brainer. Why not give families vouchers, allowing them to make free choices for their children’s education? There’s a reason increasing numbers of inner-city activists in places like Chicago and Washington, D.C., are fighting for charter schools and voucher programs. They know choice would be better for their kids. They know the government has failed them."

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/14/the_crazy_world_of_public_schools_123654.html


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LIKE if you agree with the 80% of Kansans who believe that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union. http://www.employeefreedomweek.com/survey-results/


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2012 School District Spending Data Now Available on KansasOpenGov.org
Posted by Todd Davidson on Friday, October 05, 2012
A compilation of each school district’s 2012 spending is now available on KansasOpenGov.org. The downloadable summary breaks out 2011 and 2012 spending on accounts titled Instruction, Capital, Debt and Other Current for every district in the state of Kansas.

In 2012 statewide spending on schools increased $195,247,583.  That amounts to a 3.5% increase and breaks out as follows:

  • Instruction spending statewide increased $85,591,054 or 2.8%
  • *Other Current Spending increased $58,508,762 or 3.1%
  • Capital expenditures increased $39,916,386 or 23.7%
  • Spending on Debt increased $11,231,381 or 2.5%

The information was compiled from each districts’ Budget at a Glance available on the KSDE website. 

*(Other current is comprised of Student and Instructional Support, General Administration, School Administration, Operations and Maintenance as well as Other Costs.)

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