Sunday, September 27, 2020

Kelly admin refuses to answer questions about $7 million no-bid contract

Despite stating opposition to giving out a no-bid contract, Democrat Kansas Governor Laura Kelly continues to use them -- and continues to refuse to answer questions about her latest deal. On June 3, Kelly's administration...

Gov. Kelly’s September COVID deaths claim is grossly exaggerated

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly at yesterday’s press conference made a consciously exaggerated and deceptive claim about COVID deaths in September.  She said there were “23 new deaths reported between Friday and today.”  It’s understandable...

Louisburg’s fulltime in-person learning successful at 5 weeks

Few schools in the Kansas City metro are open for all-day, in-person learning, but Louisburg USD 416 is bucking the trend. The 4A district, located on the southeastern edge of the metro in Miami...

COVID impact is relatively low for kids, young adults

You wouldn’t know it by listening to school boards and teacher unions, but kids and young adults who test positive for COVID have very low hospitalization rates and thankfully, almost no deaths.  The data...

Mike Brown: County commission needs more transparency

Johnson County Commissioner Mike Brown will ask the county commission to be more transparent after members of the public have been shut out of meetings and had their comment time severely restricted over the...

Beverly Gossage, Dave Owen vying to replace Julia Lynn

Now that Kansas Sen. Julia Lynn’s name won’t appear on the general election ballot in November, Beverly Gossage and Dave Owen are vying for the nomination to replace her. The Olathe Republican asked that...

State agencies that ignored lobbying audit inquiry named

(editor's note: a previous version of this story said Kansas Public Employees Retirement System didn't respond to the audit request, but Legislative Post Audit staff has since said that was a mistake on their...

Reno County officials: COVID positivity rate is artificially high

Reno County Commissioners Tuesday adopted a temporary plan to test 1,000 asymptomatic individuals for COVID over four weeks, believing that will show a more realistic positivity rate for the virus.  As of Sept. 1, the...

Suspension, ‘acceptable feelings’ in Hutch mask policy

On the day before classes were to reopen for in-person learning in USD 308 Hutchinson, Kansas, Faris Elementary School posted a "COVID 19 Mask Policy" for the kindergarten-through-sixth grade school that could potentially see...

Dodge City: Big pay hikes for administrators, achievement down

USD 443 Dodge City says average teacher salaries increased 1.6% in the 2019-20 school year to $59,977, but some district administrators received increases more than ten times as much.  Student achievement, meanwhile, dropped a little over...