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Tax day discussion of Kansas' tax cuts. Looks like the economic outlook is improving. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/116713.aspx


Rich States, Poor States: Kansas 15th Best Economic Outlook
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The 2014 edition of Rich States, Poor States released today ranks Kansas at #15 for Economic Outlook and #32 for Economic Performance.  Economic Outlook is a forward-looking forecast based on each state’s standing in 15 important state polic
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"a need for charter schools to help them escape that cycle of failure and dropout." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5rdU9tiLww&list=UUNthK1nbhLRYoiCXqjih3bw


Real Charters Schools Needed in Kansas
A failed charter school and someone looking to start a charter school in Kansas can only look to Kansas City, MO and wonder what impact high-performing publi...
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"An economic system that simply doles out favors to established stakeholders becomes less dynamic and makes job growth less likely."

Want to hear more like this? Click the link in the first comment to hear Jonah Goldberg in person later this month in Overland Park. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/375309/pro-business-or-pro-market-jonah-goldberg


Jonah Goldberg - Pro-Business or Pro-Market
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The GOP can’t have it both ways anymore.
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Press Releases
3-7-14
KPI on Gannon: Still, no one knows how much needed for K-12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact James Franko (316)634-0218

March 7, 2014 - Wichita - Below is a statement from Dave Trabert, the president of Kansas Policy Institute, in response to Gannon v. State of Kansas:

"We're encouraged that the Court ruled that total spending cannot be used to measure adequacy.  This is especially important because spending is currently based on deliberately-inflated numbers in the old Augenblick & Myers report.  To this day, no one knows what it costs for schools to achieve required outcomes while also making efficient use of taxpayer money. Read the full release here.

4.16.13
Legislative Debate of Higher Ed Warrants Historical Analysis
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April 15, 2013 - Wichita - Competing plans in the legislature on Kansas' six taxpayer-supported universities have brought higher education spending to the forefront in Topeka. A new analysis from Kansas Policy Institute looks at the previous ten fiscal years to provide context to Gov. Brownback's plan to hold funding steady, the Board of Regents' (KBOR) request for a $47.1 million increase, and plans in the House and Senate to cut spending, four and two percent respectively. Read the full release here.

1.16.13
KPI on Brownback Budget: Good In Places, Could Go Further in Others
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January 16, 2013 - Wichita - Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert offered the following statement today regarding the release of Gov. Brownback's FY 2014 budget proposal. Read the full release here.

1.11.13
KPI on Gannon: Extremely Unfortunate $600 Million Annual Tax Hike

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January 11, 2013 - Wichita - Today, Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert issued the following statement in regards to the release of the Gannon v. State of Kansas lawsuit from the Shawnee District Court.

"It is extremely unfortunate for citizens of Kansas that the court has effectively ordered an annual $594 million tax hike. This is even more shocking given that there is no evidence that the billions in increased spending have raised student achievement on independent national exams. Read the full release here.

10.26.12
Check Registers for 16 Kansas School District Now Online
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October 26, 2012 - Wichita - A database of school district expenses has been updated with 2012 school year data from 16 Kansas districts at KansasOpenGov.Org, a government transparency site operated by Kansas Policy Institute. Taxpayers in the Andover, Blue Valley (USD 229), Coffeyville, Colby, Emporia, Great Bend, Hays, Haysville, Hutchinson, Lawrence, Manhattan-Ogden, Olathe, Salina, Shawnee Mission, Topeka, and Wichita school districts can track how their money is being spent down to check date, amount, and payee. Read the full release here.

10.5.12
2012 Spending Data For All Kansas School Districts In One Place
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October 5, 2012 - Wichita - In 2012, state spending on public schools increased by $195,247,583, a 3.5 percent increase over the previous year. This data was posted to KansasOpenGov.Org, a government transparency site, earlier today, and was compiled from the "Budget At a Glance" document available through the Kansas Department of Education. KansasOpenGov.Org is a project of Kansas Policy Institute and all of the data available on the site reflects official government records, much of it obtained via open records requests. Read the full release here.

10.2.12
Updated School Payroll Data Available Online
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October 2, 2012 - Wichita - More data has been posted to government transparency site, KansasOpenGov.Org, a project of Kansas Policy Institute. Payroll listings for 11 school districts are now available for taxpayers to search how their dollars are being spent. Andover, Blue Valley, Colby, Dodge City, Great Bend, Hays, Kansas City, Lawrence, Salina, Topeka, and Wichita all released the information is response to an open records request filed by KPI under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). This latest update to KansasOpenGov reflects official records from each governmental entity, as does all information on the website. Read the full release here.

10.1.12
KPI: Hats off to KSDE for putting info before public
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October 1, 2012 - Wichita - Upon learning that the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) re-released 2011-2012 student achievement data, Kansas Policy Institute issued the following statement from president Dave Trabert; earlier today KSDE corrected a calculation error made with their original data release. Read the full release here.

6.18.12
School Lawsuit Could Increase Property Taxes by 55%
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact James Franko (316) 634-0218

June 18, 2012 - Wichita - If the school districts suing for more funding get their wish, taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $2 billion.  A recent article in the Wichita Eagle said district lawyers have studies showing that Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) should be $6,142; current BSAPP is $3,780.   If approved, it would cost the State of Kansas $1.59 billion more and local property taxes would automatically rise by $555 million in accordance with districts' Local Option Budgets (LOB). Read the full press release here.

6.7.12
"Suitable" Funding of K-12 Should Not be Based on Montoy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact James Franko (316) 634-0218

The attorneys representing Kansas school districts suing taxpayers for additional funding in Gannon v. State of Kansas are trying to prove that the State is not making suitable provision for K-12 funding.  Their definition of "suitable" is based on a formula that the legislature implemented after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered nearly a billion dollar increase in the 2005 Montoy decision.  But the Montoy decision was based on a seriously flawed study. Read the full press release here.

5.31.12
KPI On K-12 Lawsuit: Basis For Funding Needed Before Rushing To Court
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May 31, 2012 - Wichita - Today, Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert issued the following statement regarding the beginning of the Gannon v. State of Kansas school finance lawsuit; the trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 4th.

"It will be interesting to see what basis will be used by the plaintiffs and the State of Kansas for determining adequate funding levels of schools, as no study has ever been done in Kansas that looks specifically at what it costs to achieve required outcomes and have schools organized and operating in a cost-effective manner," said Trabert. Read the full press release here.

5.11.12
KSDE Numbers Indicate Need For Remedial Education At Regents Institutions
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May 11, 2012 - Wichita - The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) recently released revised data on the number of Kansas high school grads enrolled in remedial coursework in a Board of Regents institution.  The information, available at www.KansasOpenGov.Org, shows that 21.1% of Kansas' 2009 high school graduates who enrolled at a public postsecondary educational institution, within the state, also enrolled in remedial coursework; previously, KSDE information showed that number to be 24.6%.  As with all data available at KansasOpenGov.org, this information is obtained directly from an official government source and is available to the general public.  Read the full press release here.

3.27.12
Legislators Deny Low Income Students Freedom Available To Wealthier Peers

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March 27, 2012 - Wichita - Yesterday, the Kansas House of Representatives failed to pass HB 2767 and in so doing prevented low-income students from potentially receiving a scholarship to attend a different school.  This bill, introduced by Rep. Clay Aurand would have allowed taxpayers to receive a 90% tax credit when they donated to non-profit organizations that give out scholarships to students in schools with at least 50% of their students qualifying for free meals under the federal school lunch program.  Read the full press release here.

2.8.12
Student Achievement is Lower than Parents May Believe
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There is no question that some students get an excellent public education in Kansas. However, a new analysis from Kansas Policy Institute demonstrates that an examination of all the facts shows that that is not true for a large number of students. "Removing Barriers to Better Public Education," finds that a more complete analysis of available data indicates that far too many Kansas children are being left behind. Read the full Press Release here.

1.25.12
Online Learning "Vital Component" Of 21st Century Education
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Last week, the Kansas House Education Committee heard from Susan Patrick of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (
iNACOL), as she discussed the tremendous potential online learning has to increase student achievement. A new study from Kansas Policy Institute was released today that makes the same point. "Expanding Educational Opportunities in Kansas through Online Learning," is a soup to nuts look at the fundamentals of online learning, how it is being applied around the country, and the impact this form of K-12 education could have on students and the classroom. Read the full press release here.

1.11.12
KPI Statement On Gov. Brownback's 2012 State of the State Address
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This evening, Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert offered the following statement in response to Governor Sam Brownback's annual State Of The State Address.

Overall Thoughts: "I'm glad Gov. Brownback has identified the things that too many previous administrations and members of the legislature willfully chose to ignore; KPERS, Medicaid, K-12 finance and taxes. While it is nice to see these crises finally get some attention, the state is not moving aggressively enough to save itself from driving off a cliff..." Read the full Press Release
here.

10.20.11
Higher Student Achievement Obtainable Through More Parental Choice
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A close look at the Kansas Department of Education 2011 Report Card contains some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Kansas students are showing improvement; the, bad news is that achievement levels for many students remain unacceptably low and that achievement gaps for minorities and low income students persist. Read the full Press Release here.

10.11.11
Look At Whole Picture On Student Achievement
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James Franko (316) 634-0218

Today's release of the 2010-2011 state report card from the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) shows some improvement, which is good news. Still, student achievement is much lower than most parents might suspect. According to KSDE, only 63% of Kansas students are able to read grade-appropriate material with full comprehension and only 53% of 11th graders meet that standard. Read the full Press Release
here.

9.29.11

Kansas Schools Start The New Year With Even More In The Bank - New Authority To Spend Now Exists
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September 29, 2011 - Wichita -
New data from the Kansas Department of Education show that Kansas public schools increased their operating carryover cash reserves by $93.7 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. Operating cash reserves (not including capital, debt or federal funds) increased from $774.6 million to a record-high $868.3 million. The increase in operating reserves includes a first-time disclosure of $8 million in school activity funds, which are primarily used for school athletics. Read the full Press Release here.

7.27.11
Employment Outpaces Enrollment Gains In Kansas Public Schools
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James Franko (316) 634-0218

Despite a small (2.4%) decline last year, school district employment has still grown much faster than enrollment over recent years. Enrollment increased 3.1% between 2005 and 2011, according to the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). At the same time, school districts increased teacher employment by 4.6% and non-teacher jobs jumped 8.6%. Statewide, there are now 13.3 students per teacher; counting all employees, the average school district has one employee for every 6.7 students. Results for individual districts vary dramatically and are now available in a
newly posted database at www.kansasopengov.org. Kansas Policy Institute maintains the site and uses data obtained from the Kansas Department of Education. Read the full Press Release here.

5.16.11
Education Initiative Asks "Why Not?" Provide Effective Learning Opportunities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact James Franko (316) 634-0218

A new statewide initiative to inform parents about opportunities to raise student achievement launched earlier this month. A joint effort of Kansas Policy Institute and The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, "Why Not Kansas?" lays out the facts about student achievement and school spending and informs Kansans about learning opportunities that are bearing fruit in other states. Read the full Press Release here.

12.16.10
K-12 Employment Growing Faster Than Enrollment
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(Wichita, December 16, 2010) – A new study from Kansas Policy Institute shows that current K-12 employment in Kansas is 6.3% higher than in 2000, while enrollment increased just 1.9% over the same time period.  State Department of Education data also indicate that Kansas school districts increased non-teaching jobs at a much greater rate than teachers; the number of teachers increased by 4.9% while all other employees increased 7.8%.  “Profile and Comparison of Kansas K-12 Employment Levels” was written by Dr. Art Hall of the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas, using publically available data to help give context to K-12 policy discussions in Kansas.  Read the full Press Release here

9.23.10
New Study:  No Evidence That Spending Raises Proficiency
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(Wichita, KS) - A new study from Kansas Policy Institute shows that while per-pupil spending has jumped 42% since 2003, the percentage of students scoring 'Proficient' on national assessment tests has barely changed.  Only about one-third of students are considered proficient in Reading and a little more than half are 'Proficient' in Math. Read the full Press Release here.

4.30.2010
Schools Districts Use Carryover Reserves to Spend More This Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact: Anne Chandler (316) 634-0218
 
(Wichita, KS) Analysis of K-12 spending projections for FY 2010 shows that total spending is up about $320 million over last year, with about $220 million of the increase in current operating costs and the rest is in Capital and Debt Service.  174 districts are predicting higher operating expenditures this year; 77 districts have reductions of less than 5% and 42 districts have reductions greater than 5%.  Read the full Press Release here.

4.7.2010
Kansans Unwilling to Pay Higher Taxes for Schools Under Current Conditions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact: Anne Chandler (316) 634-0218

(Wichita, KS) A new statewide public opinion survey conducted by The Research Partnership on behalf of Kansas Reporter shows that Kansans are strongly opposed to paying higher taxes for schools because total aid per-pupil is 26% higher now than five years ago, which is the baseline for school aid being increased under the Montoy decision. Read the full Press Release here.

3.23.2010
School Spending Study Finds $717 Million in Potential Savings 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Contact: Dave Trabert (316) 634-0218

(Wichita, KS) A new study on K-12 spending in Kansas concludes that schools statewide are spending as much as $717 million more than is necessary, and that implementing the 'best practices' of more efficient districts could eliminate the need to raise taxes or cut spending on other essential services. Read the full Press Release here.