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Eudora School District to hold public forum on budget cuts tonight

I provided government documentation showing that the Eudora superintendent is consciously misleading people about school funding. Do you find anything factually inaccurate in my explanation?

April 16, 2015 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Eudora School District to hold public forum on budget cuts tonight

Eudora superintendent misleads on school funding http://www.kansaspolicy.org/ResearchC...

April 16, 2015 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

The numbers I shared do not include KPERS. They are getting an increase in non-KPERS funding this year. They are not getting $1.6 million less than this year...they are getting more than this year.

April 14, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

Lawrence is getting an increase without counting KPERS.

April 14, 2015 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

It's not coming from us. It's coming from KSDE. We're just making it convenient for citizens. Check the data yourself. http://www.ksde.org/Agency/FiscalandA...

Download SF15-092 and compare to SF15-109. Look at the total for USD 497 less KPERS in both years.

April 14, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

Why can't school districts be honest about this? Lawrence is NOT having state funding cut by $1.6 million under the block grant...data from KSDE shows the district is getting an INCREASE this year of $657,788 without counting KPERS. The block grant increases by $1,224,539 next year and another $896,350 the following year.

Go here to download a list of all districts. All we did was download separate files from KSDE and put it into a single spreadsheet. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/ResearchC...

April 14, 2015 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

Why can't school districts be honest about this? Lawrence is NOT having state funding cut by $1.6 million under the block grant...data from KSDE shows the district is getting an INCREASE this year of $657,788 without counting KPERS. The block grant increases by $1,224,539 next year and another $896,350 the following year.

Go here to download a list of all districts. All we did was download separate files from KSDE and put it into a single spreadsheet. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/ResearchC...

April 14, 2015 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Finance exam

The Supreme Court did not order that more money be spent to resolve equality. They said that was one option, but they also said equality could be achieved in other ways, such as with a new equality formula.

March 13, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Finance exam

That is not an accurate analogy. Schools were approved for a $109 million pay increase but they acted as though they were entitled to a $145 million dollar increase. The block grant gives them a $109 million dollar increase.

March 12, 2015 at 7:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Finance exam

For the benefit of others reading this, Devin knows that my definition of efficiency is providing the same or better quality service at a better price. Every Legislative Post Audit report has found school districts to be inefficient and most of their recommendations have been ignored. Districts acknowledge that they choose to spend more than necessary for a variety of reasons, but regardless of the rationale, those are conscious choices to divert money from classrooms.

Devin also knows that I am willing to have a public discussion with him and his organization any time on school funding and efficiency...but they won't do it.

As for Gannon, the lower court thumbed its nose at the Supreme Court in reaching a political decision. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

March 11, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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