The Kansas Policy Institute (with which I am affiliated) is causing some waves because it has asked residents of the state what they think about school funding–and some people in the education lobby don’t like what they’ve said.
Head to KansasReporter.org for full details, but here’s the essence. It’s common for people to think that schools are underfunded. But they underestimate the amount of money schools get–by 50 percent! In short, the more ignorant a person is about the amount of money schools have available, the more likely they are to support tax increases, and the more closely a person knows the actual record, the more likely he or she is to oppose tax increases.
Ignorance is bliss? Hardly.