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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


The Crazy World of Public Schools | RealClearPolitics
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Are America’s vast, sprawling, powerful government agencies really all that bad? Left-leaning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, in a recent series of columns and blog posts, has...
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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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National Employee Freedom Week has released a series of scientific surveys to find out how many union members want to leave their union and gauging the public’s support for employee freedom. The results were surprising.
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Kansas school funding has been increasing
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The Aug. 1 news article “In Kansas, a deep-red ‘experiment,’ ” about Kansas’s tax reform, provided incomplete data on school funding. The base state aid data used to show a decline in school funding r...
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Studies & Analysis
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KPI Policy Brief - Student-Focused Funding Solutions for Public Education.pdf
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An analysis for K-12 finance in the state of Kansas.
KPI Analysis - Regents Historical Perspective on State Aid Tuition and Spending.pdf
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A look at spending, tuition, and state aid at Kansas' six state-funded universities over the past ten years.
KSDE Reduced Standards UPDATE Final.pdf
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In June 2012, KPI re-released an analysis entitled "Removing Barriers to Better Public Education," initially released in February 2012. This statement explains the changes in, and reasons for, the update.
KPI Analysis - UPDATED Removing Barriers to Better Public Education.pdf
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After receiving updated information from KSDE, KPI updated this paper from the version that was originally published in February 2012.
KPI Analysis - Removing Barries To Better Public Education.pdf
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This analysis from KPI examines historical data for several measures of student achievement (e.g., ACT tests, NAEP, state exams, etc.) and spending on public education. It concludes that while spending has increased dramatically several different achievement metrics demonstrate that student achievement is relatively flat.
KPI Paper - Expanding Educational Opportunities in Kansas through Online Learning.pdf
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An examination of the history, future, and potential student achievement gains through online education.
KPI Paper - Reinventing The Kansas K-12 School System To Engage More Children in Productive Learning.pdf
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What steps can Kansas take right now to increase student achievement. KPI Education Policy Fellow, Dr. John Merrifield, examines where Kansas students are and where they could go.
KPI - Profile and Comparison of Kansas K-12 Education Levels - Hall December 2010.pdf
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This study investigates links between K-12 education spending and employment levels.
Kansas Policy Institute - Kansas K-12 Spending and Achievement Comparison.pdf
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This study explores whether student achievement is linked to increasing Kansas K-12 education spending.
Education V4.pdf
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Despite the unprecedented controversy, surprisingly little is understood about how much money schools actually receive, how that money is spent or even the basis upon which the court ruled in Montoy.
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