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Kansas to use nearly $10 million in grant money to make schools safer, more successful

November 8, 2010

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Kansas and 11 other states will share $38.8 million over the next four years to make schools safer and improve academic success.

The Kansas Department of Education says it will use $9.4 million to measure safety at school buildings and improve conditions where the need is greatest.

The goal is to create safe, drug-free environments at high-risk schools, while improving achievement.

Kansas officials say part of the process is developing a good system for measuring safety, based on a school's academic climate and culture. The first year of the project will involve developing a tool for such measurements.

Comments

ralphralph 4 years, 1 month ago

A grant? A grant!!! Whee! Free money! I wonder where it came from? (what? we borrowed it from China?) Oooh. There's some education, for you.

booyalab 4 years, 1 month ago

"Kansas officials say part of the process is developing a good system for measuring safety, based on a school's academic climate and culture. The first year of the project will involve developing a tool for such measurements."

Translation: The farthest we got in deciding something to spend the money on was developing a term that is a catch-all for most of what we want to or that which sounds good to the undiscerning listener. The problem is that what sounds good is not particularly relevant to academic success or to the reality of going to school so we must then develop a task force to exaggerate the need and make strenuous connections between grades and butter knives in the cafeteria.

volunteer 4 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if Sam B. and the conservatives can shrink the state Dept of Ed so that a higher % of "education" dollars goes into the classroom? (Or was he just talking about each school's Administration and building funds)

Sounds like a paradigm shift...one of the buzz phrases used by k-12 education bureaucrats not long ago.

Centerville 4 years, 1 month ago

With the KNEA in charge, very little will go to the classroom...as usual. Watch where a lot of this mystery money ends up.

windex 4 years, 1 month ago

Centerville, where does it say the KNEA is involved in this?

kansasredlegs 4 years, 1 month ago

Come and get 'lil piggies!!!!! Suuuuuuuu-eeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come get your "free" grant, er, TAX, money!!!!!!

We'll never learn. Just remember that Economic Judgment Day can only be abated for so long with the smoke & mirrors our so-called leaders are using.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. He had a balanced budget in 1956 and 1957 with a democratic house and senate.

Since then, there have been two presidents to preside over balanced budgets, LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001.

During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

booyalab 4 years, 1 month ago

During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Republican Congresses: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

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