Kansas Policy Institute

Why Not Kansas? Education Summit Panel Discussion with Legislators

By   /  September 20, 2011  /  Accountability, Education, Kansas, Legislature, Transparency  /  1 Comment

“Why Not Kansas?” was an education summit held last week to explore educational opportunities for students in Kansas.
A number of law makers and school administrators attended the all-day event in Overland Park, which was hosted by the Kansas Policy Institute and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
Education experts from around the country addressed the audience, [...]

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Groups Launch School Choice Initiative for Kansas

By   /  May 19, 2011  /  Education, Kansas, Video  /  2 Comments

Local and national policy groups are asking why not allow school choice in Kansas as a means to improve education.
Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert said changes in school choice law in Florida in 1998 have helped bring dramatic improvement in test scores, especially for minority and low-income students.
KPI launched the “Why not Kansas” campaign [...]

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Ethics advisory opinion sought by Senator Julia Lynn

By   /  April 14, 2011  /  Ethics, Kansas  /  1 Comment

TOPEKA.  On Thursday the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission voted 6 to 2 to approve an advisory opinion sought by Kansas Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe).
Lynn was asking the commission about a potential contract between her company, Lynn Communications, and “an independent think-tank that advocates for free market economic solutions and the protection of personal freedom [...]

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Tea Party Gathering Hears About Fiscal Policy, Fair Tax

By   /  March 8, 2011  /  Economy, Kansas, Taxes, Video  /  2 Comments

A March 1, 2011, Tea Party meeting sponsored by the Patriot Freedom Alliance in Hutchinson drew more than 130 people who heard presentations on Kansas government fiscal policy and the Fair Tax plan.
Tea Party supporters first heard from Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, who explained some basics of tax policy and how [...]

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Comparing payrolls: Olathe and Shawnee Mission School Districts

By   /  January 14, 2011  /  Education, Kansas, Transparency  /  1 Comment

On Monday the Kansas Policy Institute announced the expansion of their KansasOpenGov.org data warehouse to improve  transparency about financial data  in certain Kansas school districts.
The new online resource provides the ability to search or download data from five school districts, Emporia, Garden City, Hutchinson, Olathe and Shawnee Mission, and includes checkbooks, payroll listings, and employment [...]

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New Data on School Spending Available Online

By   /  January 9, 2011  /  Education, Kansas, Transparency  /  1 Comment

Citizens interested in learning how school districts spend taxpayer money have some new tools.
KansasOpenGov.org has begun posting finance data on school districts. Spending data from USD233 Olathe, USD512 Shawnee Mission, USD253 Emporia, USD308 Hutchinson and USD457 Garden City including checkbooks, employment agreements and payroll listings, are online now.
Similar data from Wichita, Topeka, Pittsburg, Great Bend [...]

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