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Court threatens to block new school funding plan

Independent judiciary gone in 3......2......1......*poof*
Devin brick Wilson

March 13, 2015 at 4:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Finance exam

Dave, please define "an efficient school".

With school funding uncertainty an annual event in the Statehouse, and we almost didn't have the allotment plan in place before mid February to make payroll, doesn't it make good business sense to have cash on hand to float a couple weeks if Kansas is late on paying?

Schools are facing record costs. (cost of living, inflation, utilities who keep asking for rate increases alone) The record spending you keep referring to includes KPERS, which can't be counted after Governor Brownback was elected November 4th. We can spend record amounts and still be underfunding Kansas schools by over half a billion dollars, according to the Gannon decision!

You are getting behind with your spin, Dave!
Devin brick Wilson
Kansas School Defender for all Kansas schoolkids

March 11, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court sets deadline for school finance motions

At some point we will exceed the breakeven where it will have been cheaper to #FundTheFormula than deadbeats playing legal games.
Meanwhile, our schoolkids wait. And so do their teachers.
-Devin brick Wilson

March 3, 2015 at 7:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school finance ruling could pave way to overhaul formula

The formula http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/School%... isn't the problem. #FundTheFormula
We're cheating our Kansas schoolkids to the tune of over HALF A BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY.

January 2, 2015 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Reactions to Kansas school finance ruling vary across political spectrum

Today was a win for Kansas schoolkids! First fund the formula adequately. With some comments today, speaker Merrick, Senator Wagle, AG Schmidt, people are showing their true colors not putting our children first. I am thankful we still have a separation of powers, to hold the Kansas Legislature accountable for going back on their promise with Montoy decision to fund BSAPP (base student aid per pupil). Let's make Kansas schools a priority again in Kansas!

December 30, 2014 at 7:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas school funding, water plans on Brownback's agenda for 2015

School Funding. It's all about the BASE the BASE the BASE, (BSAPP) no KPERS. When you compare school funding across the years, you can't change what is counted. Governor Brownback liked to count the recent KPERS catchup before the election as education funding, but now since the shot of adrenaline isn't working, is going after KPERS, saying school funding is untouched. Which is it Governor? (and what say ye Dave Trabert of Koch Policy Institute?)
Talk to school principals and teachers. Ask them if school funding is up or down. Kansas has a REVENUE problem, not a spending problem.

December 29, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislative leaders want school finance overhaul

Changing the formula does NOTHING to adequately fund it. (track BSAPP over the years) We've exhausted the K12 Performance and Efficiency Commission shenanigans, and found districts across the state have ALREADY realized efficiencies, and have been continuing recessionary temporary sacrifices. They were told those sacrifices would only be temporary at the time, but it seems that the Legislature has conveniently forgotten.
But hey, changing how we count education funding (do we count KPERS or not today?? ) changes the amount of funding, right?
Smoke and mirrors, folks, nothing to see here.
Still confused about school funding? Talk to your teachers. Pass out a dozen, no TWO dozen Valentines to an elementary school class and see how many kids are left out. These are the realities, and 99% of the blame rests with Topeka.
Devin Wilson Lenexa JO by way of JW,RL,HS

December 23, 2014 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor working on proposed budget fixes

And we voted most of the problem lawmakers back in, along with Governor Brownback, who claimed he didn't know any more than common Kansas citizens about the looming budget kerfuffle. Why must we learn everything the hard way? Speaker Ray Merrick needs to visit some schools, talk to some teachers about school funding before making any more uninformed choices. Raiding the Bank of KDOT is not sound fiscal policy.

December 8, 2014 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers attend ALEC meeting in D.C.

Watch the video @StandUpToALEC: The Secret ALEC Conference You Don’t Know About: http://t.co/z9EUhpUVu3 #StandUptoALEC #ALECSNPS @AFSCME

December 4, 2014 at 6:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers study pros and cons of moving municipal elections to November

Ask yourself, who is for partisan local elections, and why?
Kansas Secretary of Electioneering Kris Kobach supports this. American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC is pumping a lot of money trying to control our local city council elections, school board elections with this:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014...
I don't believe the outcomes of our elections should be controlled by the highest bidder. But these guys do: http://www.alec.org/acce/
it is real.
Devin "brick" Wilson
Lenexa

November 22, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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