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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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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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Testimony HB 2095 KPERS bonding 1 28 15.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the House Committee on Pension and Benefits regarding the KPERS Bonding Proposal.
HB 2614 COTA cleanup 1 21 15 (3).pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the House Committee on Taxation regarding property valuation.
SB 33 Testimony 1 21 15.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the Senate Education Committee regarding the creation of the Education Standards Study Commission.
SB 32 Testimony 1 21 15.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the Senate Education Committee regarding the creation of the Efficient Operation of Schools Task Force.
Testimony SB 452 School Funding 4 1 14.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the Senate Ways & Means Committee regarding school funding.
Testimony HB 2774 Balloon 4 1 14 docx.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the House Committee on Appropriations regarding HB 2774 and Balloon Amendment on School Finance and Policy Reforms.
Tetstimony SB 435 Wind Farm Tax Exemptions 3 20 14.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the Senate Committee on Assessment and Taxation regarding property tax exemptions for renewable energy producers.
Testimony HB 2749 Transparency.pdf
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Written testimony submitted by KPI to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the Transparency and Accountability Act.
Testimony SB 413 Transparency.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs regarding the Transparency and Accountability Act.
State Provision and At Risk 3 6 14 Full Page slides.pdf
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Testimony delivered by KPI before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees regarding the overall use of funding and performance, with particular emphasis on how the funding impacts at-risk students.
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