Dave_Trabert (Dave Trabert)

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Editorial: Finance exam

Those speaking of 'cuts' are talking about getting a smaller increase than they want. The block grant proposal would be part of the 4th consecutive funding record for public education. Of the $171 million increase this year, only $3 million is attributed to KPERS. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

School districts say the formula 'works' if fully funded, but that means it 'works' for institutions...but it certainly hasn't worked for students. I explained in my testimony. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/PressRoom...

Sunsetting the current formula while a new one is being designed should give districts an incentive to change their ways...making better use of the cash reserves and making better operating decisions that will eliminate inefficiency and make more money available to the classroom.

March 11, 2015 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools face cuts this year under GOP plan

KPERS should and does count toward total funding. KPERS was not funded at the actuarially required level every year since the early 90s, but state law did not require doing so. Yes, I would say that not funding the amount scheduled is the same as cutting it back...and we do not support doing so.

March 7, 2015 at 7:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools face cuts this year under GOP plan

They counted on getting more money than the Legislature approved. The block grant provides what was approved.

March 7, 2015 at 7:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools face cuts this year under GOP plan

We made no such claim that reducing KPERS funding needed to be done...for any reason.

March 7, 2015 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools face cuts this year under GOP plan

Some of the increase is for KPERS and teacher retirement is part of the cost of educating students.

No idea what you mean by "the chair governing the state's post grad programs."

March 6, 2015 at 11:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools face cuts this year under GOP plan

Based on the large increase budgeted by USD 497, it seems that a $1.6 million 'loss' will result in about a $10 million increase. http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/School%...

March 6, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school

The data does not undercut my point. I am not saying not lower spending produces better results...my point is that higher spending does not produce better results. De soto and Gardner-Edgerton are two examples that demonstrate my point.

March 6, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school

I say that Mr. Monoco is avoiding the facts I posted about excessive cost at KU and offering up a non sequitur. My point is that KU can easily absorb the proposed change by operating more efficiently. On a cost-per-student basis, KU has the highest education program cost....26% higher than K-State and 40% higher than Wichita State.

March 5, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school

$9.4 million is 1.18% of KU's $798.7 million spending last year. That budget does not in include KU Med or any athletic activities funded by private donations. See page 48 here http://data.kansasregents.org/publish...

March 5, 2015 at 2:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Lawrence campus asked to give up $9.4 million, mainly for medical school

It might be logical to assume that spending more improves outcomes but the facts show otherwise. Here is a recent example we published using KSDE data. Among the six districts in Johnson County, the two with best outcomes are De Soto and Gardner Edgerton...and they also have the lowest per-pupil operating costs. http://www.kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/1...

March 5, 2015 at 2:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )