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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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Spending Achievement 2012-13.pdf
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2012 current spending per-pupil and 2013 NAEP scores for White and Low Income students
School District Budget Per Pupil.xlsx
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Per pupil budgeted change in total, instruction and administration. Note: file opens in Excel.
KPI response to KC Star - budget plan for K-12.pdf
Size: 1.22 MB
Misleading Claim #2: KPI's budget plan cuts funding to education.
KPI response to KC Star- K-12 spending.pdf
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Misleading claim #1: Funding in Kansas has been cut.
USD 265 Goddard FTE.pdf
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Employment and enrollment changes comparing 2005 to 2014
USD 265 Goddard.pdf
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Total spending dollars per-pupil for school years 2005, 2009 and 2015.
FY 2015 Aid est without KPERS (2).pdf
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Even without KPERS, Per-Pupil Aid to Public Schools Far Exceeds Inflation
KSDE estimate of 2015 funding.pdf
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State - Federal - Local - Total Expenditures
Unencumbered by District 2005-2013.pdf
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Carryover cash balances by district, comparing 2005 and 2013 balances.
Unencumbered for Local Effort 2006-2013.pdf
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Unencumbered carryover cash balances for Kansas school districts.
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