May 23, 2024

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New state assessment at odds with Legislature’s improvement targets

Deputy Education Commissioner Dr. Ben Proctor revealed that a new state assessment plan will be given to students during the…

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Most Kansas cities lost population over the last three years

Most of the largest cities in Kansas have lost population over the last three years. According to data from the…

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Kobach sues federal government over new Title IX rules

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is suing the federal government over changes to Title IX requirements that are supposed to…

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Former Manhattan mayor defends city’s taxes, salary increases

Manhattan city taxpayers have seen their property taxes increase by 25% since 2019.  Since 1997, taxes increased by 351%; that…

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USD 434 Santa Fe Trail seems in violation of building needs assessments law

Unified School District 434 Santa Fe Trail appears to be in violation of state law K.S.A. 72-1163, which requires local…

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Study shows Kansas tax burden is the 12th highest in the nation

While taxpayers await another threatened veto of tax relief, a new analysis shows Kansas has the 12th highest tax burden…

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USD 233 Olathe surrenders records after nearly a month of obfuscations and denials

After weeks of back and forth reminiscent of a Franz Kafka novel, USS 233 Olathe finally sent the records they…

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Some Kansas schools support Open Enrollment law, others seem hostile

The bipartisan Open Enrollment legislation signed into law in 2022 offered hope for students who are trapped by their zip…

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Kansas House fails to override veto of youth “gender-affirming care”

A bill that would have banned so-called “gender-affirming care” for minors in the state is dead, at least for this…

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Legislature passes less expensive tax plan in SB 37, Kelly vows another veto

The Kansas House and Senate came together late last night to pass SB 37 with slightly higher tax rates that…

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IVE Part 4: The impact of integrated voter engagement and the blueing of Kansas

Note: This is the final article in a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas by Earl F. Glynn. …

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IVE Part 3: Nonprofits receiving Integrated Voter Engagement funding from Kansas healthcare foundations

Note: This is the third article in a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas by Earl F. Glynn. …

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A-F Grading for Kansas schools results show continued declines in 2023

The new “A-F Grading for Kansas Schools,” based on 2023 state assessment scores, shows nearly half of Kansas public schools…

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Olathe school district dodging questions about legal fees

The Olathe Unified School District administration and board of education are either refusing to answer questions about legal fees defending…

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IVE Part 2: Healthcare foundations involved in funding Integrated Voter Engagement in Kansas

Note: This is the second article in a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas by Earl F. Glynn.…

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Kelly veto of HB 2036 shows disdain for taxpayers and the state’s economy

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of HB 2036 was entirely predictable.  We’ve heard the same excuses as she vetoed every…

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Kansas Health Foundation spends big on “integrated voter engagement ” to change political landscape

Note: This is the first of a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas. This article looks at the…

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KASB congratulates USD 489 Hays on declining student outcomes

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he might say there are three things you can count on – death, taxes,…

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoes bill to ban ‘gender-affirming care’ for minors

A new law that would have banned so-called “gender-affirming care” for minors has been vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly. Senate…

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Kansas Blueprint for Literacy requires ‘science of reading’ in comprehensive education reform

Using the science of reading to teach literacy will soon be required in Kansas schools — and to train new…

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Wolf Springs, Blue Valley refuse to answer questions about alleged ‘murder list’

More than a year after an alleged “incident” involving an alleged “murder list” at Wolf Springs Elementary School, questions remain…

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Kansas Justice Institute wins civil asset forfeiture case

A Geary County woman will soon have her vehicle back after a state court dismissed the civil asset forfeiture case…

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Johnson County Commission Chairman allows anti-Christian rant that violates county policy

Johnson County Commission Chair Mike Kelly has taken steps to stifle citizens who are concerned with or critical of county…

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SB 428 reinforces school board members’ ability to conduct needs assessments

Senate Bill 428 (SB 428), currently in front of the Kansas Senate Committee on Education, would force district administrations to…

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