Dave_Trabert (Dave Trabert)


Comment history

Editorial: Scores highlight funding woes

Persistently low student achievement is not indicative of a funding issue. As explained here, funding has increased nearly $2 billion since 2005 but achievement gaps for low income kids have gotten worse and overall achievement, in my opinion, remains unacceptably low. http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-col...

October 26, 2017 at 7:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Governor must get on board

Governor Brownback no more has to 'get on board' than LJW did over the last several years. Elections may have consequences but loss of free speech isn't one of them. Also, the Governor is pretty much spot-on with his analysis as I explain here https://kansaspolicy.org/legislators-...

July 3, 2017 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Medical Center leader Douglas Girod named 18th chancellor of KU

it will be interesting to see how much Girod is paid. He was paid $687,000 at his KU Med position but Bernadette Gray-Little was paid $511,341. http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

May 25, 2017 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

As local voters ponder tax questions, here's a look at what property taxes have done for the last 10 years

Here are the cumulative affects of city and county taxes.

The City of Lawrence increased property tax revenue by 214% since 1997, while inflation and population combined increased 70% http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

Douglas County (just the County itself) increased property tax revenue by 288% since 1997, while inflation and population combined increased 75% http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

April 17, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City and county officials preparing for budget cuts due to state property tax lid

There is no 'tax lid' under existing state law. Citizens merely are entitled to vote on whether, with many exceptions, property tax revenue should increase by more than inflation. The exceptions allow tax revenue to actually go up far more than inflation without public approval.

The law came about because cities and counties have increased taxes by multiples of inflation and population over the years. For example, Douglas County tax revenue jumped 288% between 1997 and 2016 while inflation and population combined was just 78%. http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

In the City of Lawrence, tax revenue jumped 214% while inflation and population was 71%. http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

On related matters, 2016 payroll listings are available here for Lawrence http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data... and here for Douglas County http://www.kansasopengov.org/kog/data...

March 27, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A threat to close schools, a search for $1.6 billion in funding, and a host of other issues await lawmakers as they return to Topeka

The State Board of Education offered a spending plan based on what it would cost to implement KSDE's 'vision'? That's hilarious. The audio recording of that meeting shows that they plucked the numbers out of thin air without a shred of study. https://kansaspolicy.org/proposed-900...

March 5, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some GOP lawmakers in Kansas looking to cut school funding

I'm not sure what you mean by 'monetary preference' so I can't respond to that. But if you're asking whether I would be in favor of legislation that gives low income parents more options to get their children the education they deserve, the answer is yes.

January 22, 2017 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some GOP lawmakers in Kansas looking to cut school funding

You shouldn't confuse my declining to engage on a comparison between US and foreign countries with anything else.

January 22, 2017 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some GOP lawmakers in Kansas looking to cut school funding

Most of that $25 million can be used at the board's discretion by law. As for your theory of anticipating funding cuts, the district's own history...as well as districts statewide...shows otherwise. There were no funding cuts between 2005 and 2009 but Lawrence pushed their cash reserves from $5 million to $23 million by not spending all of their aid. The first tiny cut came in 2010 followed by an even smaller reduction in 2011. Funding has since increased.

January 21, 2017 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )