Sunday, July 25, 2021

CRT debate intensifies as school officials argue no one teaches it

Debates about teaching critical race theory in Kansas schools boil across the state and the nation. However, officials at the Kansas Department of Education and at one of the nation’s largest teacher unions say...

Lawsuit seeks to end religious exemption for private colleges

A class-action lawsuit filed in March in the federal court for the Western District of Oregon could end the Title IX religious exemption for all private, faith-based universities in the country -- or force...

Another false spending claim from Stand Up Blue Valley

A Facebook post falsely claiming that operating spending per student was $9,098 in the 2020 school year is the latest fabrication from Stand Up Blue Valley (SUBV).  The real number, according to the district’s...

Derek Schmidt denied opportunity to respond to KC Star attack

A recent Kansas City Star opinion piece sharply criticized Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General, Derek Schmidt, for signing the "1776 Pledge." But when Schmidt tried to explain that he signed it...

Finney County sales tax isn’t providing property tax relief

The ¼ cent sales tax that was pitched to Finney County voters isn’t living up to its promised “property tax stabilization” but city and county officials want it renewed on August 3 for another...

Wichita non-discrimination ordinance causes concern

A divided Wichita City Council preliminarily adopted a non-discrimination ordinance earlier this week. The council takes a final vote next week. The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and...

Kansas Justice Institute on Becerra First Amendment victory

The  U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra that it is unconstitutional for California to require charities to provide the names and addresses of its largest donors to...

Incompetence, not computers, seems to be majority of unemployment woes

The current snarl that is the Kansas Unemployment system -- and the massive levels of fraud inflicted upon the state -- were entirely avoidable according to Phil Hayes, vice president of HR firm The...

Gov. Kelly won’t discuss federal grants to take unaccompanied minors

Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, a Baxter Springs Republican, is finding it difficult to get information about Kansas being paid to resettle unaccompanied minors who enter the country illegally. Hilderbrand, Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee...

Kelly talks sexual orientation, vaccines with Louisburg elementary kids

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly spoke via Zoom to Louisburg elementary students in March. Parents say the district didn’t provide advanced notice of the visit. And worse, according to parent Dan Smith, they didn’t receive...