Dave Trabert, president of KPI, talks about school funding as the Kansas Legislature kicks off its 2016 session. The 2015 Legislature gave themselves a 2017 deadline to replace the old school funding formula.
David Dorsey, a senior education policy fellow with the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about an article he wrote exploding the myth – perpetuated by a Washington Post story – that the number of Kansas teachers leaving the profession is up dramatically and that it's the fault of the Kanas legislature.
Kansas Policy Institute Vice President James Franko discusses government transparency with Seth Etter and Bob Weeks. Etter is the organizer of Open Wichita, an initiative to bring the benefits of open data and civic hacking to Wichita. Weeks blogs at Voice for Liberty in Wichita where he advocates for government transparency and accountability and uses open records requests to access, analyze and publish state and local government data. KPI maintains KansasOpenGov.org, an online data portal for state and local government data.
Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert summarizes the major accomplishments of the 2015 Kansas Legislature including changes to: K-12 school funding, renewable energy mandates, tax credit scholarships, property tax reform and avoidance of Medicaid expansion.
Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert wraps up what the 2015 Kansas Legislature did to produce the Constitutionally-required balanced budget.
Patrick Parkes talks about KansasOpenGov.org, an online government data and spending transparency initiative operated by the Kansas Policy Institute. The site allows anyone to see and compare data on state and local government in Kansas. Parkes is a fiscal policy analyst with KPI.
David Dorsey explains at-risk school funding in Kansas including what it is, how it came to be and its status under the current block grant funding for Kansas K-12 education. David is a Senior Education Policy Analyst with Kansas Policy Institute with 20 years experience as a teacher, most recently teaching at-risk students in Topeka, and 15 years working in state and local government in Arizona. He has written a three-part series on the basics of at-risk funding, the philosophy and research supporting at-risk funding and the political and judicial impact of at-risk funding in Kansas.
Rep. Mike Pompeo, representing the 4th District of Kansas, shares the highlights of his speech at the annual dinner of the Kansas Policy Institute.
Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, discusses Kansas state budget facts that were left out of a "documentary" video on the state budget and education funding. "Where the Buffaloed Roam: An Ode to the Kansas Budget," the video produced by high school student Carson Tappan, includes a portion of an interview with Trabert.