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Kansas government

Merrick seeks to clear up ‘misinformation’ about bill stripping teachers of tenure; KNEA says he’s wrong
April 9, 2014
Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick’s office on Wednesday sought to clear up what he described as misinformation about a bill that does away with tenure for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. But the state’s largest teacher’s union said Merrick’s release was wrong on some points and misleading on others. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Chamber’s lobbyist joins petroleum group
April 9, 2014
The Kansas Chamber’s chief lobbyist, Kent Eckles, has been named executive director of the Kansas Petroleum Council.
Kansas officially adopts two state fossils
April 9, 2014
Kansas has a new pair of state symbols after Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law recognizing the Tylosaurus and Pteranodon as state fossils.
Federal election officials appeal ruling in voter citizenship case
April 9, 2014
Federal election officials have appealed a judge’s ruling requiring them to help Kansas and Arizona fully enforce state laws requiring voters to prove their U.S. citizenship.
Political writers cite Clinton as ‘the most likely’ next U.S. president
April 8, 2014
Political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann told an audience at the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday that the former secretary of state and former first lady is the undisputed frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election. Halperin and Heilemann are co-authors of the new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” about the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. By Peter Hancock
Kansas teachers vow to fight for rights
April 8, 2014
Leaders of the top Kansas teachers’ union are vowing to continue the fight through November’s elections against the Legislature’s vote to eliminate tenure.
School districts say new school finance bill will widen disparities
April 7, 2014
The Legislature’s new school finance bill will continue to widen the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts, attorneys representing school districts that successfully sued the state said Monday. By Scott Rothschild
Higher education officials laud Legislature’s work
April 7, 2014
Higher education officials on Monday gave a thumbs-up to the Kansas Legislature. “It was a great session for higher education,” said Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan. By Scott Rothschild
Attorneys concerned about Kansas school package
April 7, 2014
Lawyers for parents and school districts at the heart of the Kansas school funding battle have concerns about the plan approved by lawmakers to address a state Supreme Court ruling.
Animal trapping group inquires about bringing convention, firearms to Douglas County Fairgrounds
April 7, 2014
An animal trapping organization interested in hosting a convention at the Douglas County Fairgrounds is asking the Douglas County Commission to consider allowing it to bring firearms onto the site as part of the event. By Elliot Hughes
Kansas teachers to take lessons from Statehouse back to classrooms
April 6, 2014
Hundreds of teachers converged on the Kansas Statehouse last weekend, hoping to deter lawmakers from passing a law to repeal their tenure rights. Among them were many social studies teachers who plan to share the experience with their students to help them understand how the state and national governments work. By Peter Hancock
House, Senate pass school finance bill; awaiting Brownback’s signature
07:55 p.m., April 6, 2014 Updated 11:02 p.m.
The Kansas House has voted 63-57 in favor of the school finance bill, which is now awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature. Earlier Sunday, the Senate voted 22-16 in favor of the bill that includes repealing teacher tenure rights. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate Democrat complains of ‘possible open meetings violation,’ will ask DA to investigate
April 6, 2014
Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka says GOP leaders violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act by calling an unscheduled conference committee meeting at 3 a.m. after nearly everyone had left the Statehouse. He plans to ask the Shawnee County District Attorney to investigate. By Peter Hancock
Kansas gay rights group opposes teacher tenure proposal in Topeka
April 6, 2014
The leading gay rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers.
House, Senate set to vote on new school funding plan Sunday night
09:58 a.m., April 6, 2014 Updated 02:45 p.m.
Dozens of red-shirted Kansas teachers returned Sunday to the Statehouse to lobby legislators against a new school funding plan that also included a proposal to end protections against getting fired.

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