The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

School Choice in Kansas

Summary

Kansas has one private school choice program (tax-credit scholarships). The state has a limited charter school law. Kansas enables public virtual schooling. Limited open enrollment exists, only for interdistrict public school choice.

Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools

Constitutionality

Both tax credit and voucher programs are school choice options for Kansas.

The Kansas Constitution contains a Compelled Support Clause and a Blaine Amendment but neither has received much judicial attention. Relative to other states’ variations, the scope of the Kansas Blaine Amendment is very limited; it only prevents religious sects from controlling public educational funds. As vouchers can be funded from any number of revenue sources and neither vouchers nor tax benefit programs give public money directly to religious schools, there is no possibility for religious control of the public education fund as a result of school choice programs. Additionally, Kansas’ case law demonstrates a strong tendency for adhering to federal precedent on Establishment Clause issues. In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld school choice programs under the federalConstitution.

–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)

School Choice Programs

Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program

2014

Kansas’ Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program allows corporations to claim a 70 percent tax credit for contributions to approved Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. There is no... Read More

Research

The School Starter Checklist: Meeting the Private Education Regulations in States with School Choice

10/30/2014

Entrepreneurs looking to start a private school might behoove themselves by focusing on states with private school choice programs. This checklist assists by examining the regulations affecting private schools in states with such programs.   This... Read More

Interstate Survey: What Do Voters Say About K-12 Education in Six States?

11/29/2010

The core purpose of the Interstate Survey series is to survey statistically representative statewide samples and report the levels and gaps of voter opinion, knowledge, and awareness when it comes to K-12 education and school choice... Read More

 

News

4/15/2014 Breaking the ice for a growing school choice plan to bloom
11/15/2013 The Times-Tribune | Going to bat for school choice would yield triple play for students, school districts and taxpayers
11/6/2013 Topeka Capital-Journal | Legislative hearing on school finance excludes key education voices
9/27/2013 The Hays Daily News | Solving the Kansas teacher shortage
9/18/2013 Wichita Eagle | Church to host forum on school choice at former Mueller school
8/1/2013 Wichita Eagle | Georgia lawmaker urges Kansans to seek more school choice
3/27/2013 President's Comments: Milton Friedman’s Advice for Crafting School Choice Policies
9/15/2011 KCTV - Kansas Lawmakers Look to Improve Learning in Sunflower State
9/8/2011 Hiner | Leslie Hiner on The KCMO Morning Show
6/22/2011 Reed | Vouchers Improve Public Schools
6/8/2011 The Kansan | Give Parents a Choice
5/13/2011 Wichita Eagle | Group Seeks Support for School Choice
2/28/2011 Why 2011 will be a Year of Growth for School Choice
12/1/2010 Kansans like their public schools but support changes, poll says
11/29/2010 Voters in Six States Favor Expanding Choice, Underestimate Education Spending
7/23/2009 Questions for Wichita school district