June 3, 2023

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Mike O’Neal

SCOTUS: parents of SPED students can sue districts under ADA

A United States Supreme Court decision handed down Tuesday related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has enormous implications…

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Interstate compact could bring out-of-state teachers to fill Kansas vacancies, state board hesitates

An interstate compact that would recognize teacher licenses from other states and alleviate the classroom instructor shortage is stalled in…

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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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KASB effectively criticizes school districts for low teacher pay

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) is a membership group funded by local school districts, so it was quite…

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KPI hosts free webinar on new emergency management law

Officials and citizens question what an updated law means for orders-related orders like curfews and stay-at-home orders. As of last…

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Gov. Kelly makes false statements on K-12 funding

Taxpayers can add K-12 funding to the list of false and misleading claims by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Responding earlier…

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Criminal case backlog creates pressure to amend speedy trial law

Alleged criminals awaiting trials in Kansas could be released without having their day in court for lack of a speedy…

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“Giving Kids a Fighting Chance” premieres to acclaim

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says educational reform is “…the civil rights issue of our time…it’s the social justice issue…

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Kansas legislators, governors ignore state law so they can spend more

Remember the promises about fiscal responsibility and upholding the rule of law from people running for state office over the…

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State budget doesn’t comply with statute

Governor Laura Kelly believes her budget “…restores fundamental principles of Kansas fiscal responsibility” but the state budget she submitted doesn’t…

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KNEA opposes teacher supply stipend

Teacher unions have often complained about teachers having to use their own money to buy classroom supplies, but the state’s…

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Right-sizing courts could raise judicial pay

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss wants another $22 million to improve judicial pay but right-sizing Kansas courts could…

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More money won’t end school funding litigation

Even if legislators give schools the extra $90 million per year that the Department of Education says is needed to…

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School Finance Wars Wage On As Emasculated Legislature Awaits Court Decision

The school finance wars aren’t over, despite a legislative plan to add more than $500 million in new funding over…

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Lawmakers Debate Whether to Legitimize Unlawful Transportation Funding to Schools

Passing legislation that will codify the way the Kansas State Department of Education determined state funding for school transportation should…

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Legislators Have Duty to Resist Judicial Encroachment, KS Supreme Court Says

According to a 2015 Kansas Supreme Court decision, lawmakers have an obligation to oppose judicial overreach. In the ruling, Justice…

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State Funds But School Boards Decide How Money Is Spent

Despite an influx of state aid to public schools, some districts will spend less on instruction as a percentage of their total…

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Can the State Supreme Court Close Kansas Schools?

The state Supreme Court didn’t explicitly threaten to close Kansas schools in its latest opinion that found public school financing…

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Kansas Justice Institute

KJI to Assist Citizens in School Funding, Other Liberty Issues

The Kansas Justice Institute, or KJI, will assist citizens in litigating property tax issues, private property issues and civil asset forfeiture,…

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Expanding Medicaid: the Sequel?

Medicaid expansion advocates say they will make another attempt at expanding the program. Public radio reports, “Advocates of expanding Medicaid…

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