IllTeachYou (Jeff Plinsky)


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Schools say test scores show funding in Kansas is inadequate

More funding means we can hire more teachers. This means each teacher has fewer students, and is thus able to give each individual more attention. This allows for a more personalized education, improving the remediation of a student's deficits and/or the expansion of a student's strong areas. And yes, teachers are withholding their best abilities to educate Kansas children, because those skills are very time intensive. Teachers can only grade so many essays, answer so many questions, etc. If you reduce the number of students per teacher, then that number of essays and questions is divided amongst fewer students, allowing each student more feedback and guided practice.

But even if teachers were paid more money, perhaps the state would lose fewer good teachers to other states and/or industries that pay better. This also benefits students by keeping successful teachers in Kansas classrooms.

The reality is, money makes a difference in education because it means more adults are working with kids.

August 15, 2016 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No policies in place to address sex offenders in schools

Hat tip to the LHS Budget, and reporter Zia Kelly who first broke this story.

May 8, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

These are being purchased out of capital outlay dollars. That is money that can only go to buy things - buildings, furniture, vehicles, technology, etc. It cannot, by law, be used to pay for salaries. Only general fund dollars can be used to pay for salary.

We don't wonder why there is no money. We know why; because the state refuses to meet its constitutional burden.

March 21, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

That would be an Apple decision, not a BOE decision, David. Call Apple, offer to buy 5,000 of them, and I bet they offer you the same price.

March 21, 2016 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence's Orchards Golf Course opens new FootGolf facility; update on downtown's Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

Chad, the other two organizations who donated hogs to Just Food were the Food Policy Council and the Lone Star 4-H Club. This is a great way to support local kids and a great local charity, all at one event.

August 4, 2014 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district, teachers reach tentative contract agreement

I know Peter is on vacation, but there is a typo in the story. The difference in average salary between teachers and principals is roughly $33, 000 per year, not $4000. In the 2012-13 school year (the most recent data we had on hand last night) average principal's salary in Kansas was $80K. The average teacher salary was $47K.

If someone could correct that info, it would be much appreciated.

June 3, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence would lose $1.7 million from school finance changes

Note the absence of any comment from Mr. Trabert on the loss of $1.7 million to USD 497.

Note the absence of any comment from Mr. Trabert on the necessity of increasing local property taxes so that the loss is reduced to only $300,000.

Note the hypocrisy of creating educational funding equality by taking dollars away from Lawrence, while simultaneously complaining other places about how progressive tax structures redistribute income from the wealthy to the poor.

Note the extensive history of KPI's efforts to starve public education, a system that has worked well in Kansas.

Note the KPI willingness to recommend policies that force the state to spend tax dollars fighting legal battles.

Note the KPI unwillingness to recommend policies that spend tax dollars on children, the impoverished, citizens with disabilities, the elderly, health care, or programs to improve the general quality of life in Kansas.

Mr. Trabert, your ideas are damaging the state I love. Please stop pretending that KPI is anything other than a mouthpiece for corporate entities that want to create an environment favorable for their success, at the expense of others if necessary.

April 15, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Education Commissioner DeBacker resigns

Things are so bad in Kansas education that women are leaving for jobs in the middle east? Thanks Kansas Legislature!

April 9, 2014 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate approves bill expanding no-call law

This might just be the most valuable law to come out of Topeka in years. I'm betting the House can screw it up.

February 20, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Eudora student named National Merit finalist

Congrats, Kennedy!!!!

February 13, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )