GIVING KIDS A FIGHTING CHANCE
A story about the untapped opportunities for our Kansas Children.
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Educational opportunities in Kansas can be amongst the best in the nation…
… If we focus on students, learn from the example of states like Florida. But students are not thriving in Kansas. More money is not helping them achieve.
This movie tells the story of how Florida implemented a public education reform that improved student achievement from being one of the worst-performing states to one of the best. During the same time, Kansas dramatically increased education spending with virtually no increase in student achievement.
Families Need Opportunities Now More Than Ever.
There are more high school students below grade level than are on track for college and career.
Kansas Department of Education, 2021 state assessment.
More Money Is Not Helping Students Achieve.
$5 billion in aid targeted to close achievement gaps was not spent in accordance with state law.
KSDE, At Risk Funding increases since 2005; Kansas Division of Legislative Post Audit.
Parents want more of a say in their child’s education.
Parents should have a primary say in their child’s education.
35% of Johnson County high school students are below grade level in Math, and less than half are on track for college and career.
Only 21% of Kansas graduates who took the ACT test are college-ready in core subjects.
35% of high school students read below grade level…
…While only 27% are on track for college and career.
(the ESA program is grade-level based, not income)
47% of high school students are below grade level in math…
… and only 20% are on track.
This year, Gov. Kelly wants to increase funding by $405,000,000
Total per-pupil funding is expected to exceed $16,000
Kansas Department of Education, Kansas Legislative Research, ACT
What is the Solution For Kansas?
Money-follow-the-child programs for students below grade level, students with disabilities, or in schools that teach objectionable content like critical race theory.
Ensuring that what’s being taught, how schools are performing, and how decisions are made is open to the public and readily available.
Making sure that those running our schools are responsible for how money is spent, how students perform, and how achievement is improving.
5 Things You Need To Know About K-12 Education
Educational opportunities in Kansas can be amongst the best in the nation if we focus on students, learn from the example of states like Florida, and move past the partial truths and talking points of “supporting public schools.”
Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists
While Indiana is busy expanding school choice eligibility from 37,000 to 48,000 students, Kansas legislators are resisting even slight changes to existing school choice programs.
Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck
Contrary to unsubstantiated claims by some education officials, Kansas has very low student achievement productivity, ranking #38 among the states.
Schools should educate, not indoctrinate with critical race theory
Parents are outraged that schools in Kansas and across the nation are indoctrinating their children with the ideology of critical race theory.