Dave Ranney

Dave Ranney, a senior Kansas government reporter, regularly covers state social services issues and a variety of general assignments.

Recent stories

School board OKs tax increase
Lawrence district approves additional $4.9M in levies
August 29, 2006
Supposedly, Mark Twain observed that while just about everybody talks about the weather, nobody does anything about it.
Firm’s Medicaid advice may backfire for state
August 28, 2006
Ten years ago, state welfare officials fell head-over-heels in love with Maximus, a Virginia-based consulting firm that knew how to coax millions of federal dollars out of the nation’s Medicaid program.
Menninger blasts mental health policy
Psychiatrist sees many failings by state
August 25, 2006
When Dr. Roy Menninger addressed a Thursday meeting of the League of Women Voters of Douglas County, he looked for something nice to say about the state approach to caring for the mentally ill.
Student’s art receives D.C. honor
August 24, 2006
Soon, a lot of congressmen will have their eyes on Alex Kim, an 18-year-old junior at Lawrence High School.
District agrees to 8 percent pay raise
Lawrence teachers, school board still must approve package
August 24, 2006
Lawrence school officials agreed Wednesday to give the district’s 850 teachers an 8 percent pay raise.
City’s ACT scores beat national average
August 17, 2006
In Lawrence as in Lake Wobegon, the children are above average. Their ACT scores say so.
Panel: More children need health coverage
August 16, 2006
A panel charged with overhauling the state’s approach to better health agreed Tuesday to urge Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to insure more children in low-income families, make routine dental care available to the poor and fight childhood obesity.
Property tax increase moves forward
August 15, 2006
No one showed up Monday to protest the Lawrence school board’s plan to add as much as 6.437 mills to the district’s property tax levy.
Busing fee helps offset Lawrence district’s costs
August 13, 2006
In Kansas, school districts are expected to haul - or offer to haul - students who live more than 2.5 miles from their schools. The state picks up about half the cost.
Hitting the (check) books
Sending kids to school more costly than ever; fees, transportation, programs drive up expenses
August 13, 2006
Sue Roberts did the math. “On that first day of school, it’s going to cost us $338 for my son to walk in the door,” she said. “That seems like a lot to me.”

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