One challenge of understanding education policy is that there are so many data sources and ways of measuring performance and cost.
By one measure of performance, education in the state is improving. Kansas Action for Children releases Kids Count survey results, McPherson Sentinel, August 1:
TOPEKA — Kansas teens are comparatively less likely to drop out of high school and fewer teens between the ages of 16 to 19 will neither hold a job nor attend school compared to other states, according to the Kids Count Data Book issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Kansas ranked ninth in the nation in these two categories.
The proportion of high school dropouts relative to students who stayed in school went from 10 percent to six percent between 2000 and 2005 — a 40 percent gain.
You can view the database here.