Editorial Commentary: Ken Ciboski

Political commentator Ken Ciboski stands just right of center and offers a common-sense view of politics today.

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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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The 2017 Kansas state legislature has performed poorly. The legislature seems more supportive of the Governor than it is of the people. It failed to override the Governor’s veto of a fair and balanced tax and revenue measure passed by the legislature, and many issues remain unresolved.



The Kansas state legislature and the Governor are at an impasse about revenue and tax policies. More cuts in state spending are being proposed, but I have heard nothing about the money savings that could occur by cutting the number of legislators.  

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that increased funding of K-12 education in Kansas is needed. The Court did not say how much money would be required to fund the schools adequately, but it gave the legislature a deadline of June 30 to devise a formula to fund the schools with more money.