With numbers of students measured in the thousands and the money spent educating them measured in the billions, the only meaningful way to show them on the same graph is to measure the percent change from the prior year. The Number 1 on the X axis is a measurment of the school year ending in 2001 compared to the school year ending in 2000. Likewise the Number 9 is a percent change measurement from the school year ending 2008.
On the graph we measured three sets of data: the Kansas Total Student Enrollment K-12, the Kansas Total Hispanic Enrollment K-12 and the Kansas Total Expenditures K-12. Again, all the displayed data is a measure of percent change from the previous year. Any number above 100% demonstrates positive growth and any number less than 100% demonstrates negative growth.
In Summary from Kansas School years ending 2001 through 2009:
- Total Kansas Student Enrollment saw a 98.2% negative growth.
- Total Kansas Hispanic Enrollment saw a 169.0% positive growth.
- Total Kansas Education Expenditures saw a 155.9% positive growth.
NOlathe observations: Not shown on the graph (but on the worksheet) NOlathe calculated the COLA of 2.7% per year measured. Only with the exception of the year ending 2009, was the amount spent well above the predicted amount. KDE was spending well above any year to year predictions. In the year ending 2009 that changed. The expenditures were $229,884,621 more than predicted. That is the only year measured that actually had deficit spending. Coincidentally, in 2010 the Kansas State Legislature passed a state wide tax increase of 18.8% or $302,000,000 per year for 5 years.
A very recent publication http://kansas.watchdog.org/6000/truth-emerging-on-unencumbered-k-12-education-funds/ shows that the Kansas School system is far from broke. Since the system was not required to absorb their own error, was it really an accident? Where else in America can some one make a $229,884,621 mistake and get rewarded with more to spend as a result?
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