By: Dave Trabert
Commentary: Kansas School Finance Ruling: A Circus of the Absurd
Word Count: 549
January 14, 2013
The recent court ruling on school finance is so full of absurdities that it's difficult to know where to begin, but let's start with the fact that spending $597 million more annually will do little if anything to raise student achievement.
Performance on independent national tests has remained unchanged for years, despite billions more in taxpayer aid. Less than half of Kansas' 4th grade and 8th grade students are Proficient in Math and only about a third in Reading. It costs a lot of money to operate schools but it's how the money is spent that matters, not how much.
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