KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

Public Schools Week: Kansas schools change to meet challenges

By Mark Tallman Associate executive director of KASB Public Schools Week 2019 (March 25-29) celebrates our nation’s public schools, our students and the many school professionals who work to help students achieve their greatest potential. Educating 90 percent of Kansas students, public schools have helped Kansas and the United State reach the highest levels of educational attainment ever, measured by high school and college completion, for all major ethnic groups. Because higher educational attainment prepares people for higher paying, more secure jobs, these improvements have raised incomes for hundreds of thousands of Kansans, increased yearly earnings by an estimated $7 billion dollars and...

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School finance questions: Student outcomes followed changes in funding

A frequent question as the Legislature debates school finance is this: Will increased funding result in better student outcomes? The experience of the past 28 years has shown educational outcomes generally rose with higher funding and eventually declined or slowed when funding fell behind inflation. It's reasonable that increased funding provided by the Legislature in response to the Gannon school finance lawsuit will result in further increases in educational outcomes - which is the basis of the Gannon decision. The following includes data KASB presented to the House K-12 Education Budget Committee on March 19. Kansas school funding has increased more than...

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School Finance Questions: How have Kansas teacher salaries compared to inflation?

As the Kansas Legislature considers its response to the Gannon school finance decision, KASB is responding to questions about school funding. Today, how have Kansas teacher salaries compared to inflation? As the chart above shows, following increased state education funding, the average Kansas teacher salary has increased more than inflation for the each of the past two years - the first time that has happened since 2007. However, the average salary remains more than $3,000 lower than 2009 when adjusted for inflation. Why does it matter? Kansas school districts compete with other states and other employers for teachers and other school...

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School leaders’ goals for Kansas students: happy, fulfilled, giving and prepared for employment

What do Kansans want for their children? Commissioner of Education Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Brad Neuenswander told 600 educators at the Kansans Can and Do Symposium Tuesday the Kansas State Board of Education tried to sum it up as follows: they want kids to be happy, have a sense of fulfillment, give back to others and have at least two educational credentials: a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate that allows them to earn a middle class living. Those goals are embodied in the State Board’s Kansans Can outcomes, which call on all school districts to raise...

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