Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Most Expensive Schools in KS History Fail Kids So Give Schools More Cash

Friday, August 19, 2016

Most Expensive Schools in KS History Fail Kids So Give Schools More Cash

Public schools and the greediest lawyers on Earth (which is really saying something) will be back at the public trough before the Kansas Supreme Court demanding more money for public schools on Sept. 21.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat



For those keeping track, so-called Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF) has used taxpayer money to sue the state into giving more money to schools. Repeatedly. Seriously, almost every other month, there's some reason that however much money the taxpayers provide to educate their own children (or in some cases, to school other people's children) is never enough.

Most recently, SFFF demanded that Johnson County schools pony up more money so Wichita homeowners could get a small tax break. Lawyers for SFFF called it "equity."

In September, those same wealthy lawyers for SFFF--taking a day off from their typical days of fishing off of Italy's Amalfi Coast--will demand more money for themselves school administrators schools in the name of "adequacy." 

And now we have a hint at how they plan to argue the case, thanks to briefs filed with the Kansas high court last week. 

They're going to argue that public schools need half a billion more each year, because student test scores in math and reading are bad. It's a breathtaking argument.

I wish I would have thought of it when I was in college. I had a bad semester, so obviously I should have lobbied the Bank of Dan (Hi Dad!) for more funding or hired a lawyer and demanded that Kansas State University pay its professors more. 

So let me get this straight: We're now spending more money on schools than we ever have before, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores of Kansas minority students and lower-income students are worse than those of students in higher-income homes. So obviously, the solution is giving more money to schools that are failing these students in the first place. Head desk. If our goal is sincerely to improve the educational outcomes of students, there's absolutely NO excuse for throwing good money after bad.

I give you this kid, Jaylen Cruz. Jaylen is a minority kid who was failing in Wichita public schools. Thanks to a teeny, tiny program in Kansas--one the so-called mods are just DYING to eliminate--Jaylen is now excelling. His behavior problems are a thing of the past. Where he tested very low in reading in a public school setting, his reading scores are now in the 78th percentile,after being able to transfer to a private school. 



But so-called moderates, their Kansas National Education Association allies, and liberals everywhere don't want Jaylen's parents to have the ability to send their child to a school that works. Under the liberal, dictatorial, socialist system, kids of low-income parents and especially minorities, have no choice but to attend the school in a district crafted by some arbitrary geographical lines.

I am incensed on this kid's behalf. He deserves a decent education. Here's the real kicker: The school Jaylen attends? Tuition is about $4,500 per year. Guess how much the Wichita public school system spent per student last year? More than $12,000.

At some point in the very near future, the highly partisan bank of the Kansas Supreme Court is going to rule on whether school funding in Kansas is "adequate," and I'm pretty sure I know how it's going to go. As long as there is a conservative Governor in office and the risk of a conservative legislature, there is no dollar amount that will ever satiate this Court. 

These demands for ever-increasing public school funding are a complete racket. Schools fail children and then say it's because they don't have the funding to educate them. The Court--in questionable fashion--sets the funding, the Legislature complies and ponies up more cash. In turn, the schools continue to turn out record numbers of kids who can barely read at fourth grade level and hire a lawyer to demand that they just need more money to fix it. 

It's not about the children, and it never has been. The so-called mods and their allies on the Court don't care if a thousand little Jaylens fail. They care whether they receive a cut of his educational funding. End of story. They are revolting, because they can look at that cute kid and demand their cut without any shame.




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