Ken Ciboski

Political Commentator

Dr. Ken Ciboski is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wichita State University.

The coming session of the state legislature has the major task of providing what the Kansas Supreme Court says is adequate funding for K-12 schools.  The court has not said what the word “adequate” means. However, the Kansas Court adheres to what is known as the Rose standards.

The Kansas Legislature will take up the Supreme Court’s mandate to provide more funding for K-12 schools. But money alone will not fix the problem of having large numbers of students not performing well academically. Money is rarely the solution to the problems of educational systems. 

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled earlier this fall that funding of K-12 schools is inadequate and unfair. The ruling also ordered that funding be more fair in distributing state funding so that students in poorer districts have the same educational opportunities as students in the more affluent districts.

Why do students from Finland perform at the top or near the top in reading, mathematics and science, in industrialized countries? 

There are ongoing concerns and proposals on what to do to improve educational results for K-12 students in the United States.

The Kansas Supreme court has ruled that the state’s new school finance formula is unconstitutional and does not adequately fund education. A funding figure that would meet the test of what is “adequate” was not presented by the Court. 

Ciboski: 2018 Election

Sep 20, 2017

The next election for Kansas governor is in November of 2018.

How many candidates for Governor will there be for each major party?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies this past week. Democrats attacked the Trump administration’s cut of $9.2 billion from the Department of Education and its giving $1 billion for states and school districts that voluntarily adopt school choice programs.

The 2017 state legislature is likely to go into an extra session because no consensus appears to be developing for a revenue-raising and spending bill to meet the needs of the state.

The state legislature is in the final weeks of its 2017 session, and it still faces important fiscal decisions.  One is to comply with a mandate by the Kansas Supreme Court, which decided in March of this year to increase funding for K-12 education by June 30 of an estimated $800 million per year. Also, an annual funding formula for K-12 education has yet to be adopted. Cuts in school funding occurred in 2008 and were blamed on the national recession of that year.

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