July 12, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Category: News

Employment of non-teachers rose since 2015 in Kansas while outcomes and enrollment decline

The hiring of non-teachers (administrators and all other employees who are not teachers) has continued an upward trend in Kansas…

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Retired federal judge reacts to Chevron and Jarkesy SCOTUS decisions

In two days last month, the United States Supreme Court dealt devastating blows against the administrative state and for constitutional…

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DOJ issues damning report on discrimination in Wichita Public Schools

A report from the Department of Justice found pervasive evidence of discrimination in Wichita Public Schools against students based on…

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USD 434 Santa Fe Trail administration won’t answer questions on declining student achievement

State assessment scores at Santa Fe Trail USD 434 overwhelmingly lagged behind state averages this year, but despite repeated efforts…

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Point Forward tax filings raise more questions about the Pittsburg non-profit

New questions are being raised about Point Forward, a Pittsburg, Kansas, non-profit that is remodeling the former Washington School into…

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Shawnee County schools offer different approaches to upcoming Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment debuts in Kansas K-12 this fall. The bipartisan legislation signed into law in 2022 allows students to transfer…

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Kansas judge blocks Title IX rule change

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach yesterday won a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of the Biden administration’s Title IX transgender…

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Districts that leave KASB can still participate in insurance pool

Emails obtained by The Sentinel show Kansas school districts that choose to leave the Kansas Association of School Boards can…

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Kansas lawmakers send governor another tax cut bill

After multiple vetoes, the Kansas Legislature believes “Groundhog Day” has ended, and Governor Laura Kelly says she will sign its…

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More controversy embroils Prairie Village as 9th Mikkelson recall effort moves forward

Invoices and emails show that some of the accusations that prompted a recall effort against Prairie Village Mayor Eric Mikkelson…

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“Scoop and Score” makes false claim, won’t substantiate rosy economic impact of bringing the Chiefs to Kansas

Much like quarterbacks use the “silent count” in noisy situations near vocal opponents, the organizers of “Scoop and Score” working…

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Cowley County dog trainers win appeal; case on warrantless searches will proceed

The Fourth Amendment lawsuit filed by award-winning bird dog trainers Scott Johnson and his wife, Harlene Hoyt of Cowley County,…

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Federal court rules against Biden administration’s Title IX rules

Education Week reports the Biden administration’s new Title IX rule, which explicitly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender…

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USD 413 Chanute attempts to stifle, marginalize board members

Chanute Board of Education President Heather Guernsey and Superintendent of Schools Matt Koester refuse to answer questions about a “board…

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Critics throw flag on billion dollar scheme to lure Chiefs across border

“The rich tradition and history of the Chiefs are beloved across the entire Kansas City region and throughout Kansas. The…

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KPI urges Legislature to pass constitutional amendment to limit property valuation increases

The Kansas Legislature, in its upcoming Special Session, should approve a constitutional amendment limiting the annual increases in property valuations,…

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AG Kobach: implementing Title IX policy now is”foolish and a waste of money”

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) is telling school districts they must soon adopt policies — contrary to state…

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Part 2: New solutions to fix the federal immigration system

In Part 1 of this series, retired federal immigration judge Elliot M. Kaplan explained why, in his view, the federal…

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Retired immigration judge says the federal immigration system is broken

Calling it “anarchy,” former Federal Immigration Judge Elliot Kaplan said, in an exclusive interview with The Sentinel, that the federal…

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More than $50,000 in overtime paid to 95 public employees in 2023

More than $50,000 in overtime was paid to 33 municipal employees in Kansas in 2023. There were 28 county workers, primarily…

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Clock ticking on Leavenworth County Treasurer Office probe of $10,000 theft

In 2019, about $10,000 went missing from the Leavenworth County Treasurer’s Office. Then-Treasurer Janice Van Parys determined it was taken…

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Johnson County hires Government Relations Coordinator as taxpayer-funded lobbyist

Johnson County has hired a Government Relations Coordinator at a salary of $122,000 per year.  The new position increases county…

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JoCo Commissioners release Peg Trent opinion on library funding after Sentinel publication

In a victory for transparency, within hours of publishing a story about Johnson County Chief Counsel Peg Trent refusing to…

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The promise of Brown v. Board of Education is still “unfulfilled”

The 70th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing state-sanctioned segregation in schools…

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