Thursday, October 22, 2020

Kansas labs set cycle thresholds too high, detect non-contagious virus

The New York Times reported in August that some of the nation's leading public health officials say the standard COVID tests with cycle thresholds at 40 or higher are "diagnosing huge numbers of people...

High electric rates fund big salaries at KCK Board of Public Utilities

Kansas City, Kansas residents pay some of the highest electric rates in the region to the city-owned Board of Public Utilities, and their utility bills fund hefty salaries for staff. An Open Records request from...

In-person learning restrictions tied to depression, suicide

The Blue Valley school district has lost at least two students and a principal to suicide since the lockdowns last spring. Public health officials admit that anxiety and stress are increasing, but parents' pleas...

Blue Valley backs away from Timber Creek quarantine order

Approximately 100 Timber Creek elementary students who had allegedly been ordered into quarantine by their school are returning to their education after a letter from the Kansas Justice Institute questioning the legality of the...

CATO Institute gives Gov. Kelly a ‘D’ for fiscal policy

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ranks near the bottom in the class of America’s governors, according to a new report issued by the CATO Institute. Kelly earned a ‘D,’ on the libertarian think tank’s annual...

COVID cases growing faster in counties with mask mandates

In early August, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman doctored a chart to justify mask mandates, claiming the counties that adopted Governor Kelly’s order were “winning the battle.”  It wasn’t...

Geary County: Big pay hikes for administrators, achievement low

The $56.5 million payroll at USD 475 Geary County increased by less than 1% for the 2020 school year, but some district administrators received double-digit increases.  Student achievement, meanwhile, hasn’t changed much over the...

Parents push school districts to begin in-person learning

Intense pressure from parents is pushing more school districts to allow students into school buildings for in-person learning, despite not meeting state and county gating criteria that recommends school districts continue solely to offer...

Kelly administration refuses questions about voter registration letter

Governor Laura Kelly's office is declining to answer questions about a voter registration application offer mailed to Medicaid recipients by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The National Voter Registration Act requires, among other...

Sec State’s office, Twitter rebuke Stephanie Sharp voting claim

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office issued a sharp rebuke to Stephanie Sharp, a former Kansas legislator on Twitter last week. On Thursday, Sharp tweeted, “If you requested a mail ballot, please vote & send...