Are you smarter than the average taxpayer?

How much money do schools have to spend–too little, too much, or just enough? It’s hard to tell if you don’t know the record.

The Kansas Policy Institute, with whom I am a fellow, put together some newspaper ads a while ago (before the Legislature raised tax rates) that are worth highlighting even now.

The ads feature six questions about state aid and school funding that are applicable to the entire state. There is also a charter for each district within a particular region of the state, listing the district name, spending amounts for recent years, and percentages changes in the money available for spending.

Check out the education section of the data warehouse for the PDFs of the ads, which groups schools by counties. Note there is some overlap in the ads.

  1. Shawnee, Douglas, Johnson, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee
  2. Butler and Sedgwick
  3. Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, and Ossage
  4. Allen, Anderson, Coffey, Neosho, Labette, Wilson, and Woodson
  5. Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, Allen, Neosho, and Labette
  6. Montgomery, Elk, Chautauqua, Wilson, Neosho, and Labette
  7. Cowley, Sumner, Chautauqua, and Elk
  8. Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Miami

You can find the numbers at the Kansas State Department of Education. If the link is broken (the department does change the website from time to time), just look for “Total Expenditures by District.”

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