Kansas public school teachers and the education bureaucracy want taxpayers to trust them as a reliable source for facts about Kansas schools. But the record doesn’t inspire trust.
There are winners and losers now that the decision has been made in the Kansas school finance lawsuit. But no group lost more than Kansas schoolchildren.
The response to a survey regarding Kansas school spending is useful for two reasons: It lets us gauge the level of knowledge of the public, and it also tells us the extent to which school spending advocates will go to justify and excuse spending.
One might think that the mission of the Kansas Association of School Boards is to help school districts maximize the educational impact of spending. Judging by a task force formed by KASB, this may not have been the case.
Kansas public school test scores have declined. This should cause us to ask two questions: why have the scores been rising, and does Kansas do as well as is claimed?