February 22, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Molly Baumgardner

KS native Gwen Baumgardner reports on refugee crisis from Ukraine

According to Foreign Policy Magazine, since the start of the war in Ukraine more than 2.3 million refugees have crossed…

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Kansas Senate passes ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

The “Parents Bill of Rights” and school curriculum transparency legislation passed the Kansas Senate Tuesday 24-15. However the bill –…

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KPI supports teacher merit pay, school boards opposed

A legislative proposal to earmark about $50 million of school funding for teacher merit pay is being opposed by the…

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‘Shall conduct needs assessment’ confuses K-12 officials

Two state senators last week bluntly rebuked the Kansas Association of School Boards and the United School Administrators when they…

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KS Board of Ed: districts withhold services to get more money

A half-empty bus passes a Wichita elementary student each morning as he walks more than two miles to the same…

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Schools approve graphic gay sex scenes in classroom book

A book detailing the sexual exploits of a young man is on the approved reading list for students as young…

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Gardner School Board member deceives on remote learning

One Gardner-Edgerton Schoolboard member has made the claim on social media that the Kansas Legislature has made it impossible to…

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Kelly talks sexual orientation, vaccines with Louisburg elementary kids

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly spoke via Zoom to Louisburg elementary students in March. Parents say the district didn’t provide advanced…

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State school board may sue the Legislature to protect its authority

The Kansas State Board of Education intends to put lawmakers on notice that its members wield constitutional authority. Calling themselves…

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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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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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Legislators consider local control over vaccine distribution

Kansas lawmakers may strip the state health department of some of its authority over vaccine distribution after the Kelly administration…

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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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Gallagher issues ‘threat’ to Senator over property tax legislation

Miami County commissioner Danny Gallagher issued what Kansas State Sen. Molly Baumgardner calls a thinly-veiled threat in retaliation over her…

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USD 231 said less than 25% of MS and HS kids remote

USD 231 Gardner Edgerton earlier this week blamed “confusing” questions from the Kansas Dept. of Education (KSDE) for reporting the…

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School board, Sen. Baumgardner tussle over in-person learning data

A nine-page letter the Gardner Edgerton School District sent to the Kansas Senate Education Committee about in-person learning sparked a…

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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…

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Controversial Commerce Secretary promoted to lieutenant governor

Gov. Laura Kelly tapped Commerce Secretary David Toland to serve as her lieutenant governor on Monday. Toland replaces Lt. Gov.…

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Kansas public school enrollment down, school funding up

Kansas public school enrollment is down, but school funding is up, according to estimates from the Kansas State Department of…

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Beverly Gossage, Dave Owen vying to replace Julia Lynn

Now that Kansas Sen. Julia Lynn’s name won’t appear on the general election ballot in November, Beverly Gossage and Dave…

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Top-heavy USD 500 Kansas City shortchanges teachers and students

USD 500 Kansas City gave Superintendent Charles Foust a 17% pay increase last year, while the approximate $92 million spent…

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Kelly claims credit for foster care ideas after vetoing them

Not only is Kansas Governor Laura Kelly accepting credit for an idea in a bill she vetoed, but the Kansas…

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Kansas school board chair rejects audit findings in contradiction-laden column

After a scathing editorial by the Kansas City Star called out school districts across Kansas for misusing funding for at-risk…

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Disinformation targets Julia Lynn, other female GOP senators

Parts 1 and 2 of this investigative series disputed the Topeka Capital-Journal’s misleading conflict of interest allegations against Senator Julia…

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