Monday, March 1, 2021

WSJ: $1.9 trillion COVID bill pays Kansans more to stay home

The $1.9 trillion "Covid-relief package" currently wending its way through Congress, could see Kansans paid considerably more to stay home -- providing the state ever gets the unemployment system straightened out -- than they...

Kansas lawmakers consider mandate for in-person learning option

Eighth-grader Ian Reimer has attended school in person for three days since March 12, 2020. The Gardner-Edgerton student started school online this year because the district didn't offer an in-person learning option.  He now...

Johnson Co. helps school districts mislead on quarantine letters

When a Johnson county student is thought to be exposed to someone with COVID, parents get quarantine letters from the school asking whether they opt for the 7-day, 10-day, or 14-day exclusion/quarantine.  A letter...

Unions oppose First Amendment rights for teachers, others

Marni Mills is a 20-year member of the Kansas National Education Association in Olathe. When she wanted to cease paying dues, she learned that getting out is harder than making a simple request even...

Lawmakers debate mandating personal finance class to graduate

Kansas students can graduate from high school without taking any classes on personal finance. A bill before the Kansas Legislature would change that. The proposal mandates that Kansas high school students pass a semester-long...

SB 174 would eliminate ‘pay to work fee’ for APRNs

Proponents say a proposal before the Kansas Legislature regarding Advance Practice Registers Nurses (APRNs) will lower medical costs and improve Kansans’ access to medical care. However, opponents say the legislation could accelerate a nursing...

Hineman, Goossen make false claims about 2012 Kansas tax plan

People across the nation who are opposed to letting citizens keep more of their hard-earned money have repeatedly pointed to the 2012 Kansas tax plan as their primary example of why tax cuts don’t...

Are COVID vaccine doses collecting dust in Kansas? Kelly won’t say

There may be extra COVID vaccine doses in Kansas pharmacies, but Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration won't respond to emails or phone calls from the Sentinel inquiring about the possibility of leftover doses. The New York...

CDC, KS school board issue stringent school opening guidance

The Center for Disease Control and the Kansas State Department of Education issued new, stringent school opening guidance week, but some worry the guidelines may do just the opposite: shutter schools already open and...

How some government officials circumvent Open Records requests

The Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) declares, “It is the public policy of Kansas that public records shall be open for inspection by any person unless otherwise provided, and this act shall be liberally...