KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

Answering questions about public education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kansas schools have been mostly closed for two months and are seven weeks into continuous learning plans that try to make up for some of the lost time. Governor Laura Kelly has released a four-stage, six-week plan to re-open business and social activities, as people wonder how the future will look. The state and national shutdown has caused massive unemployment, threatens countless businesses, and sent state revenue projections plummeting. These facts are creating many questions about public education going forward. As KASB works to answer these at the state level, many times the answer is simply “we don’t know yet,”...

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New reports show states with highest educational attainment have highest personal income

New state personal income data for 2019 shows the importance of educational attainment in state economic prosperity. States with higher percentages of their populations completing educational benchmarks, such as high school graduation, any postsecondary education, and four-year degrees, consistently have higher average income for people in their states. While the impact of the COVID pandemic is not yet known it seems unlikely to change these results in the future. Kansas ranks in the top 20 out of 50 states in educational attainment. Kansas income levels rank slightly above average but increase into the top 20 states when adjusted for cost of living...

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