2018 PPI Score
School Choice Score: 60%
The Kansas Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program was enacted in 2014 and began serving students in 2015, making it Kansas’ first school choice program.
Charter Schools Score: 0%
Kansas earns an “F” grade. Kansas does not cap the number of charters that can exist, but charters in Kansas are dependent upon school districts for authorizing and exemptions from regulations that give charter schools autonomy. In practice, the few charter schools that exist in Kansas have difficulty differentiating themselves from their district counterparts because districts regulate them heavily.
- Law passed: 1994
- Number of charter schools: 10
- Estimated charter school enrollment: 2,800 (0 percent change from 2015-16)
- Virtual charter schools permitted (with district consent)
- Kansas does not cap the number of charter schools that can enroll students
- Charter schools can contract with EMOs and CMOs for management purposes (with district consent)
- Kansas earns 0 points for “authorizing.” In Kansas, school districts are the sole authorizers. Although district authorizing decisions are subject to approval by the State Board of Education, the Board does not have an appeals process in place when districts make unfair or arbitrary authorizing decisions.
- Kansas earns 10 of 15 points for “growth.” Kansas does not cap the number of charter schools. However, there has been no growth in the state’s charter sector in recent years. The heavy regulatory environment in which charters operate is hampering the growth of the sector.
- Kansas earns 2 of 20 points for “operations.” In Kansas, charter schools receive no blanket exemptions from regulations that affect district schools. Instead, they must request exemptions from specific regulations, including collective bargaining agreements, in their charter applications. This arrangement guarantees no autonomy to charter schools and hampers the ability of the charter sector to innovate and grow. Finally, the state requires charter school teachers in Kansas be traditionally certified, this hinders the ability of charter operators to assemble the staffs they desire.
Kansas earns 0 of 15 points for “funding equity.” The state’s charter law does not address charter school funding at all. This leaves funding decisions entirely to district authorizers. The evidence shows that districts in Kansas do not fund charter schools equitably.
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers D+
Expanding the Pool of Teachers C-
Identifying Effective Teachers D
Retaining Effective Teachers D
Exiting Ineffective Teachers D
Overall State Grade D+