Comments on Education Spending Numbers: 2012-2013
The Kansas Department of Education has recently posted final spending numbers (all dollars in, not just base state aid) for the 2012 - 2013 school year. A few items of note:
1) State Aid increased from $3,184,163,599 to $3,198,060,481;
2) Total Expenditures on K-12 in KS increased from $5,771,010,808 to $5,852,407,791;
3) Per Pupil Expenditures increased from $12,656 to $12,781;
4) Largely because of the way the (in my view flawed) funding formula is structured Olathe and Shawnee Mission both spent less per pupil than the state average ($11,909 in Olathe, and $12,042 in Shawnee Mission);
5) Of course money is only part of the picture when it comes to education; making sure that we are focused on maximizing educational opportunities for children rather than merely protecting institutional structures is perhaps even more crucial. But understanding the full funding picture is helpful in any event.
Click here for education spending totals
Education Spending Tables
Recently, I received two sets of data from the Kansas Department of Education -- one on Olathe School District spending and one on Kansas as a whole. I would guess the real numbers are significantly different than many have been led to believe.
Olathe School District
Kansas School Spending
A Note from Lance Kinzer
There is a strange blog post going around indicating I said something about women being forced to have babies. Of course I said no such thing. Oddly the Tweet posted by NOW that seems to have got this started does not say this was a quote from me, but I guess someone interpreted it that way. There were over 100 people in the room, Republicans and Democrats and news media when I was talking so the truth
is pretty clear. Never said or would say such a thing. Sometimes the Internet can be a strange place.
Rep. Kinzer Reacts to School Finance Opinion
The District Court Ruling on School finance in Kansas today provides, in part, that: "The State of Kansas is hereby enjoined, from performing the unconstitutional act of enacting any appropriation, or directing, modifying or canceling any transfer, or using any accounting mechanism or other practice that would will, or may in due course, affect, effect or fund less than the base student aid per pupil of $4,492."
For Lance's full reaction to the ruling, please click here.
Kinzer Earns High Grade in Economic Freedom Index
Lance Kinzer received the 3rd highest rating among 125 House Members on the recently released Kansas Economic Freedom Index. His overall score was a PLUS 36. The full report is available here.
Lance Participates on Forum on Religious Freedom
Rep. Kinzer recently participated in a forum on Religious Freedom and Public Policy which was broadcast on C-Span. You can view the video on C-Spans website by clicking here. Lance's remarks begin at about the 33:00 mark.
Lance Praises Governor's Veto of SB 353
Rep. Kinzer waas one of 7 legislators in the House to vote against SB 353, a licensing bill on barbering. On April 6, Governor Brownback vetoed the proposal, and released the following release.
School Finance in Kansas
There is a great deal of confusion regarding
the basic facts of funding for K-12 Education in Kansas. Despite claims
to the contrary, total dollars (local, state and federal) to be spent on
K-12 education in the 2011-2012 school year are on track to be the
highest in Kansas history. To see the historical brekdown of K-12
spending in Kansas as compiled by the Kansas Department of Education
Kinzer Carries Two Important Criminal Law Bills
This week Rep. Kinzer carried two important criminal law bills on the House floor. HB 2465 addresses a recent Kansas Supreme Court Opinion (State v. Jolly) in which the Court set aside the sentence of a man who had pled guilty to raping a 12 year old girl. In particular HB 2485 would reestablish the ability of the Trial Court to sentence such offenders to lifetime electronic monitoring after completion of their prison sentence. For more information with respect to this bill vist this link.
Rep. Kinzer also carried HB 2613 which extends the period for which victims of stalking or domestic violence can receive protective orders for more information on this legislation look here.
Kinzer Comments on Personhood Amendment
In this link, please find my thoughts
regarding HCR 5029 as expressed in a letter I recently wrote to some
supporters of this proposal. Read more...
Take Lance Kinzer's 2012 Legislative Session Survey
The 2012 Legislative Session is now well under way and Lance wants to know your thoughts. Please use the link below to take the survey:
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