KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

KASB Advocacy Blog - Mark Tallman

Five questions for the new performance and efficiency commission

The Kansas K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission holds its first meeting today.  After the first two appointments by House Speaker Ray Merrick - Dave Trabert of the Kansas Policy Institute and former House Speaker Mike O’Neal of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry - raised some eyebrows due to their long-standing criticism of many aspects of school districts’ operations, other appointments have created a fairly diverse group. The Commission now includes two other former legislators widely seen as strong supporters of public education (Senate Vice President John Vratil and Assistant Minority Leader Janis Lee); two superintendents (Shawnee Mission’s...

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Enrollment projections point to higher costs and achievement challenges

KASB’s annual projection of Kansas school district enrollment for the next five years indicates more students will contribute to school funding costs. Over 90% of Kansas K-12 students continue to attend public schools, and changing demographics mean tougher challenges for student achievement.  Click for the full report from the KASB Research Department and the  KASB media release.  Here are four key points. Kansas public school enrollment is growing KASB projects total headcount enrollment will increase by nearly 25,000 students over the next five years, about 1% per year.  That may not sound like a big increase, but it is twice the...

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