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Kansas school employment: The claims compared to statistics

Kansas school employment: The claims compared to statistics

Claims made about Kansas schools don't match the state's statistics. Responding to the State of the State Address delivered by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas House of Representatives Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis provided figures regarding Kansas public schools, telling Kansans: "On top of that, public school class sizes are growing, [and] teachers have been laid off by the thousands." Statistics from Kansas State Department of Education, however, show that school employment has rebounded, both in terms of absolute numbers of teachers and certified employees, and the ratios of pupils to these employees. The story is not the…
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Would you pay $48.62 to visit the art museum?

Would you pay $48.62 to visit the art museum?

The normal adult admission to the Wichita Art Museum is $7.00, but that isn't anywhere near the cost of each visit. According to most recent edition of Wichita's Performance Measure Report, the cost per visitor for the Wichita Art Museum in 2012 was $48.62. That's a little higher than the three previous years, but much lower than 2009, when the city reported a cost of $59.00 per visitor. As can be seen in the nearby table (click it for a larger version), other city cultural attractions registered costs per visitor that are much higher than their admission costs. The Mid…
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Wichita’s legislative agenda favors government, not citizens

Wichita’s legislative agenda favors government, not citizens

This week the Wichita City Council will consider its legislative agenda. This document contains many items that are contrary to economic freedom, capitalism, limited government, and individual liberty. Yet, Wichitans pay taxes to have someone in Topeka promote this agenda. I've excerpted the document here, and following are some of the most problematic items. Agenda: Existing economic development tools are essential for the continued growth and prosperity of our community. First. The premise of this item is incorrect. We don't have growth and prosperity in Wichita. Compared to a broad group of peer metropolitan areas, Wichita performs very poorly. See…
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