July 18, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Government

SB 428 reinforces school board members’ ability to conduct needs assessments

Senate Bill 428 (SB 428), currently in front of the Kansas Senate Committee on Education, would force district administrations to…

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Senate Bill 509 would create a tax credit for private and home school families

A bill that would provide a tax credit to families whose children are in either private school or are homeschooled…

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Study: Medicaid expansion puts hospitals at higher risk of closure

It has become a mantra with Kansas Democrat Governor Laura Kelly: any hospital closure is blamed on not expanding Medicaid. …

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Three years after scathing audit, questions remain about Angel Investor Tax Credit

More than three years after reporting deficiencies were found in the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit program by the Kansas…

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Education establishment gearing up for new lawsuit over SPED funding

The State Supreme Court in 2019 determined that the Legislature met the Court’s definition of adequate funding of schools, including…

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The Cozy restaurant owner sues the City of Salina over mural restrictions

According to a release from Kansas Justice Institute, Steve Howard, the owner of iconic burger joint “The Cozy Inn”  filed…

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Senate bill would remove onerous license requirements on ‘sugaring’

If all goes well this legislative session Bryn Green, of Hays, will be able to earn a living without having…

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Some districts still refuse to notify parents of ‘social transitioning’ transgender students

Last week, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach accused several large school districts in the state of violating parental notification requirements…

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Education establishment hostile to accreditation requirement to follow state law

The Kansas education establishment is pushing back hard against a bill that simply requires districts to comply with state law…

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Kansas 4-H declines to answer questions about controversial transgender housing policy

Kansas State University Research and Extension is refusing to say whether a controversial transgender housing policy remains in effect. As…

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Governor’s office declines questions about expensive EV charging stations

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s office has declined to answer questions about a very expensive series of EV charging stations in…

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Audit identifies concerns about state economic development incentives

A new report from the Kansas Division of Legislative Post Audit identifies serious deficiencies in several economic development incentive programs…

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Point Forward child care grant raises questions about procedure

Earlier this year, the Crawford County Commission awarded more than $700,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to Point Forward,…

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Appeals court slams pre-signed quarantine orders

Kansans won a significant legal victory earlier this year, when the State Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by Shawnee…

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School funding exceeds $20,000 per student adjusted for cost of living

New data from the Kansas Department of Education show school funding was $17,650 per student in the 2023 school year,…

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The City of Westwood wants to sell its park to a developer.

Kansas Justice Institute demands Westwood stop violating free speech rights over park sale

The Kansas Justice Institute is demanding the City of Westwood retract a letter threatening opponents of a development project with…

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School districts sitting on $1.25 billion in operating cash reserves

New data from the Kansas Department of Education show school districts collectively added $68 million to their operating cash reserves…

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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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Clerical error saves Merriam residents $1 million in property tax

Merriam residents recently received a postcard informing them of a “clerical error” that will reduce property tax revenue next year.…

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Pennsylvania settlement allows parents to opt students out of SEL

In a victory for parents, America First Legal recently announced a settlement agreement in a lawsuit it filed earlier this…

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NCTQ: Kansas among the states using weak teacher licensure test for reading

A new study by the National Council on Teacher Quality is casting doubts on the teacher licensure tests in many…

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Westwood officials have no cash flow analysis of Karbank incentive project

The city of Westwood, Kansas — in northeast Johnson County — apparently did not conduct a long-term cash flow analysis…

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Inspector General report pushes for background checks on teachers, staff

A recent audit by the Medicaid Inspector General of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s management of School-Based Fee…

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Gilmore wins 1st Amendment case against Olathe school board member

In a victory for free speech rights, a federal jury recently sided with Olathe resident Jennifer Gilmore who was removed…

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