Kansas budget woes: School funding? Or the economy, stupid?
Bruce Baker thought he escaped Kansas’ school funding wars when he moved to the east coast to teach at Rutgers University. But a couple of weeks ago, the
school finance expert got sucked back in by Kansas Liberty, the
self-professed “fair and factual” news source that’s partially owned by
conservative state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook.
Kansas Liberty cited a study released earlier this month — “The
Relationship Between School Funding and Student Achievement in Kansas
Public Schools” — in which Kansas State University economics professor Florence
Neymotin claims court-ordered increases in school funding resulted in “little evidence of improving student outcomes as measured by test
scores” but did show “(weak) evidence” of improving graduation rates.
Kansas Liberty picked up the story and spun it.