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Panel approves $6 million in 'extraordinary needs' school funding

They know exactly what they are doing. That's what is so scary. Have to vote these idiots out or this State will never recover.

August 25, 2015 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Large class sizes at some Lawrence elementary schools concern parents

Also in the 70s it was rare to have anyone other than English speaking kids in a classroom. Today that isn't the case.

August 24, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Large class sizes at some Lawrence elementary schools concern parents

If you think you can compare schools in the 70s with schools today, you haven't been anywhere near a school lately. The red tape and reports and crap that teachers and admin have to deal with today didn't exist in the 70s. Plus the support at home that most had 40 years ago is almost non-existent today.

August 24, 2015 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas schools seeking more aid asked to detail efficiencies

This is BS!! Why don't these "lawmakers" send out a letter to the 338,000+ businesses who don't pay state income taxes anymore, asking them what they've done with their extra money?? How many jobs have they created with it???

August 20, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State's new sign law likely to cause legal problems, may be unconstitutional

Our "lawmakers" did something unconstitutional?? Wow, how unusual.

August 19, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback urges schools to move more money into classrooms

http://www.kasb.org/wcm/_NB/15/NB0518...

New KASB staffing report shows shift to classroom and student needs

The Kansas public school workforce has changed dramatically since 1998 to respond to the needs of students, the expectations of policymakers and to improve the level of education in the state.

A new report by KASB shows the number of teachers and other classroom personnel has increased 16 percent over 17 years, while central office administrators have decreased 16 percent.

That means more instructional staff are available to provide more individualized attention to students, according to the report that analyzes staff and student data from 1998 to 2015.

The analysis, which provides both statewide and district-by-district figures, also shows that during this period student outcomes have increased with the staffing changes.

“Everything you would expect to improve student outcomes is where districts have targeted their dollars,” KASB Associate Executive Director for Advocacy Mark Tallman said.

The report found:

Districts have added more than 9,600 employee positions since 1998, an increase of more than 16 percent over 17 years.
Of the 9,600 school district positions added, 7,375 were teachers or paraprofessionals; and nearly 1,000 positions have been in instructional support or student support.
Over this same period, general administration positions were reduced by 16 percent. This includes superintendents, assistant and associate superintendents, administrative assistants and clerical staff.
The ratio of students to instructional staff has decreased from approximately 10.6 students per staff member in 1998 to 9 students per staff member in 2015.
The number of at-risk students during the period increased from about one-third of all students to one-half. Studies show these students generally require more services to be successful; however, student performance has increased significantly based on increases in reading and math proficiency, the graduation rate and preparation for college indicators.

August 12, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback urges schools to move more money into classrooms

It's also Kansas law that the State pay for 92% of special ed.....but they are nowhere near that. Plus there's numerous other statutes that Sam and his cronies fail to address and fund properly.

August 12, 2015 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas ends $25 cap on cash benefits from ATMs

Who is crying that it's been lifted?

August 5, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers, along with others in state, face tough decisions after KPERS rules changes

Sounds like a pretty clear cut case of discrimination to me.

July 30, 2015 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Employers tell state's education leader about need for more workforce skills

Getting sick and tired of hearing about schools not teaching kids about "real world". I never learned how to balance a checkbook or open a checking account at school. My mom and dad sat me down and did that with me. They told me about paying rent, creating and maintaining a budget. How to go about getting a loan for a home.
These are all PARENTAL duties, quit blaming schools for not being a parent!

June 18, 2015 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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