Wednesday, December 11, 2019

K-State Olathe spends $122,000 per student

With a budget this year of $7.3 million and just 60 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, K-State Olathe Innovation Campus will spend over $122,000 per student. According to the Kansas Board of Regents, academic spending per...

Report for America grant raises objectivity concerns for Wichita Eagle

Two more full-time reporters will be coming to Kansas as part of the Report for America Grant program, but the terms of the grant raise serious objectivity concerns. According to a Wichita Eagle story, the...

Missouri passes Kansas on Nation’s Report Card

The 2019 results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, shows Missouri students now have slightly higher proficiency levels than Kansas students.  Missouri won five of...

McKinsey invitation-only workshops focus on growing government

McKinsey & Company recently completed a series of workshops across the state as part of the firm's $800,000 contract to recommend an economic growth strategy for the state of Kansas, but some legislators say...

Sentinel welcomes new investigative reporter

The Sentinel is pleased to welcome Patrick Richardson to the team as a freelance investigative reporter. Patrick has been a working journalist since 1992 at community papers across Kansas and for the last 10 years...

Wichita proposes a convention center despite ‘overbuilt buyers market’

Downtown boosters want a new and much larger convention center as the centerpiece of the Wichita Riverfront Legacy Masterplan, but at least one expert says space is already overbuilt across the country, and even...

Will expanded statehouse news coverage lead to better reporting?

At least one new face will be joining the Associated Press in Topeka to expand statehouse news coverage next year, as the AP and Report For America have selected Kansas as one of several...

City officials not ruling out a tax increase for Wichita riverfront plan

City officials acknowledge that upwards of $1 billion in public money will be needed for the Wichita riverfront development plan, and they won't rule out a tax increase to pay for it. Wichita is buzzing...

“Giving Kids a Fighting Chance” premieres to acclaim

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says educational reform is "...the civil rights issue of our time...it's the social justice issue of our time...and it's the economic issue of our time." Bush makes the claim...

Johnson County violates state law on ‘dark store’ claims

A September 2019 ruling from the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) admonished the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office for illegally hiking appraised values on Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.  The panel said, “…the County...