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State Rankings, Small Businesses, School Quality and Economic Productivity

December 17, 2008

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On a daily basis, in print media and on talk radio, I read and hear a lot of bombastic rhetoric about state rankings of small  business competitiveness  – the most frequent references of late to the Small Business Survival Index (SBSI). http://www.sbecouncil.org/uploads/sbsi%202008%5B1%5D1.pdf Nearly every component of this index deals with the tax and regulatory environment […]

KS Liberty Cluelessness…

December 16, 2008

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I almost hate to waste so much time dealing with such utterly absurd and ignorant rhetoric as appears daily in “news” outlet Kansas Liberty. But, they’re at it again: https://www.kansasliberty.com/liberty-update-archive/22dec2008/salina-comes-back-for-more-money#1229435964 Again, they raise the point that it has now been proven that the massive infusion of cash over the past 10 years has led to […]

KS Liberty revisionist history…

December 12, 2008

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The same KansasLiberty article I addressed yesterday also included the following quote: “The court’s only evidence was a discredited school audit that had been dismissed by the Legislature, which had commissioned it, as impractical and dangerously expensive. The audit’s figures had been compiled by asking school administrators how much money they would like to receive […]

Kansas Study Finds Huge Infusion of Cash Didn’t Help Schools

December 10, 2008

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Today, the self-proclaimed non-partisan news outlet KansasLiberty.com reported that a scholar at the University of Kansas Business School has come to the brilliant conclusion that the massive infusion of funding that went into Kansas public schools from 1997 to 2006 has led to no substantive improvements in student outcomes. The author of this report presents […]

NOTES from a School Finance Curmudgeon

December 9, 2008

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On my daily commute today I had the pleasure of listening to a talk radio discussion about the option for providing tuition tax credits in New Jersey to be used for sending talented elementary and high school students from poor urban New Jersey school districts to either affluent suburban public schools or to urban catholic […]

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