Thursday, January 21, 2021

Lawmakers fast-track SB 13 Truth in Taxation property tax bill

The Truth in Taxation transparency measure vetoed by Gov. Laura Kelly last year is back as SB 13, which requires city and county officials to be honest about the property tax increase they impose. ...
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K-State gets only FIRE green light free speech rating in KS

Kansas State University ranks among the top colleges for free speech, according to an annual survey by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. The First Amendment watchdog rated universities and colleges...

KDHE rejects request for COVID death certificate info

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week rejected a Kansas Open Records Act request submitted by the Kansas Policy Institute, which owns the Sentinel, for death certification information on all deaths attributed...

United Van Lines: Kansas is the 6th most departed state

According to a study by United Van Lines, in 2020, Kansas ranked sixth among the 50 states in the percentage of people moving out of the state -- roughly tied with California at 59%. According...

COVID survival rate holding at 99.8% for adults 18-64

Data from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows the COVID survival rate for all ages in Kansas is 98.7% as of January 4. The survival rate for kids aged 0-17 is 100%;...

2020 ACT score falls again, Kansas now below national average

The average 2020 ACT score in Kansas declined for the fourth consecutive year, to 20.4, and the decline in college-readiness to 23% marked the fifth consecutive drop.  Kansas is now below the national average,...

Osage, Coffey Counties missing vaccine, despite KDHE claims

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says all 105 Kansas counties received doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but that’s not true according to officials at the Osage County and Coffey County Health Departments.  The...

Misleading ‘highest COVID death rate’ claim is just KDHE reporting issue

Today’s Wichita Eagle story about Kansas having the highest COVID death rate in the nation last week is just another reporting failure by mainstream media and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment –...

Microschools could offer solutions to frustrated parents

Parents frustrated by COVID school closures may soon be able to enroll students in neighborhood microschools in Kansas, according to microschool operator Prenda.  Microschools solve many of the challenges teachers, students, and parents face in...

School districts lose 12,000 students but add 46 managers

(Editor's note - this article has been updated with a revised calculation of virtual enrollment; the original article showed a 22,000 total enrollment decline.  Some of the district enrollment changes are also updated.) Data from...