February 23, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Dave Trabert

Democrats push property tax hike on cars, farms, businesses

With the legislative session just around the corner, Kansas House Democrats are pushing a big property tax increase on cars…

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K-12 bureaucracy ignores flaws in special education funding formula, calls for more money

Despite testimony that some K-12 funding related to special education (SPED) services is not counted toward SPED funding, the Kansas…

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Education bureaucracy pushing the status quo in hearings

Legislative hearings over this and last week are focusing on how to improve outcomes in Kansas education, perhaps unsurprisingly, the education…

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Kansas City Star rejects opinions with which it disagrees

When Colleen Nelson was the editorial manager for the Kansas City Star, she made sure that alternate views (i.e., not…

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Kansas School Board Resource Center to help districts close achievement gaps

In an effort to help school board members effectively address the state’s student achievement crisis, the Kansas Policy Institute, the…

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Fordham study finds positive impacts of Ohio’s EdChoice program

A new study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute should allay concerns that school choice programs won’t benefit marginalized students.  …

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Special education formula doesn’t count all the funding

School funding advocates met at the Capitol in Topeka recently to make the case that special education in Kansas is…

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Book exposes how the Kansas education bureaucracy works against students

One in three students in Kansas is below grade level in reading and math, but instead of addressing the problem,…

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Public invited to candidate forums on education, taxes, spending, regulation

The Kansas Policy Institute is sponsoring two events this week of interest to candidates and taxpayers, focusing on important public…

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Unions oppose employee rights with false claims re: Janus

Several labor unions opposed legislation to ensure public employees’ rights under Janus v. AFSCME was opposed by unions this week…

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New school board members need permission to attend KASB conference

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) annual convention kicks off this weekend, but newly-elected school board candidates need permission…

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JoCo Health tells schools to mask unvaccinated kids

Once again refusing to follow the science and CDC recommendations, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is telling…

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KC Star spreads disinformation about school board meeting

Last week, YouTube removed a video of the May 17 Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education meeting for “spreading…

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Blue Valley to spend $40k plus benefits on COVID contact tracer

It’s all good news on the COVID-front in Johnson County, but school districts continue to plan for apocalyptic levels of…

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Olson flip-flop kills education choice, school funding bill

An education funding bill that included expanding a tax credit scholarship program and providing parents education savings account options for…

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Johnson County loses another ‘dark store theory’ court case

The Kansas Court of Appeals issued yet another ruling against Johnson County’s “dark store” justification for increasing property taxes on…

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Kansas job growth essentially flat since August 2020

Kansas unemployment remains high, with 57,000 fewer private-sector jobs in December compared to a year ago; January employment was down…

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Alarming trends suggest undereducated future Kansas workforce

Recent high school graduates set aside plans to attend technical school, community college, and university last year, slowing entry to…

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Kelly nominee may legislate from the bench to raise property tax

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert and Rep. Stephanie Clayton, an Overland Park Democrat, have called on Kansas Governor Laura…

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KDHE orders Riley County to halt COVID vaccine distribution

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has ordered Riley County health officials to cease COVID vaccine distribution. The problem?…

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CDC, KS school board issue stringent school opening guidance

The Center for Disease Control and the Kansas State Department of Education issued new, stringent school opening guidance week, but…

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Kansas has 4th-worst tax environment for retirees in the nation

According to Kiplinger’s, Kansas is the fourth-worst state in the nation for retirees, based on each state’s tax scheme. According…

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Parents, students tell lawmakers remote learning is hurting students

Hybrid and remote learning is taking a toll on Kansas students, parents and kids told the House K-12 budget committee…

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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…

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