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State senator cuts $2 million proposal for research at KU; fellow lawmaker suggests removal is a vendetta

This is what happens when Salina replaces Sen. Pete Brungardt, a well-respected moderate R with Arpke, a part-time substitute teacher.. . . Sad.

March 10, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Area legislator hopes to halt Common Core in its tracks

Other than not knowing where Common Core came from, what's in it, the effect it would have on our children, and not knowing how it compares to NCLB, Rep. Dove is all over it!

Ditto for the science standards.

February 17, 2014 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas considers banning minors' use of tanning beds

These folks are exposing their children to harm in the name of vanity only. There are none of the benefits from physical exercise, reduced calorie intake or other positives in the other examples you gave. I have no problem with the legislature taking a look at this measure.

February 13, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No new faces on House panel to push for charter schools

Charter schools have never shown that they can educate kids better than public schools, at least not when all the other variables are taken into account. The legislature should be focusing on improving what we have, not unrealistically looking for a silver bullet.

January 8, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback proposes fully funding all-day kindergarten

If Lawrence would receive an additional 2.2 mil for all day K, it would have to cost a lot more than 16 mil to pay for it state wide. The gov's math looks a little fuzzy to me. And this program would have the additional effect of causing some districts to build extra classrooms if they don't already offer all day K. I'd like to know the REAL cost of this measure. I'd probably support it, but it would be nice to know the real cost before patting the gov on the back for a job well done.

December 17, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence officials question performance of charter virtual schools

Totally a money grab. The district gets an FTE for each kid from the state, but they also get LOB money and other Federal and State money. The Lawrence School Board has no interest in educating kids from Goodland, but they do have an interest in making a profit on the Goodland kid and using that to help balance their shrinking budget--due to cuts in K12 funding.

August 10, 2013 at 5:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked sixth best metro area for work-life balance, according to new report

I must question the validity of the poll. Corvallis isn't even the nicest college town in Oregon. That would be Eugene.

July 24, 2013 at 3:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Push-back on Common Core not unique to Kansas

Mr. Trabert, If your info on Common Core is as accurate as the bogus numbers you and your people put forth on K-12 cost numbers, I can understand why Hancock is arguing with you.

As far as our NAEP scores are concerned, Kansas consistently scores above most states in NAEP testing. Very few states paying less money for K12 education have higher average NAEP scores than Kansas. Kansas also scores higher than most in ACT testing than most states.

May 21, 2013 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

FreedomWorks urges Legislature to reject Common Core reading and math standards

While I agree that most education should not have much regional difference, The Kansas Department of Education retained the right to add some local additions to Common Core if needed to make the standards more relevant to Kansas.

May 21, 2013 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget provision would block state funding for Common Core standards

Of almost as much interest as the debate above is the way some far right legislators have proposed the statutory language prohibiting implementation of College and Career Ready Standards (Is anybody calling it Common Core anymore?): They couldn't get the language through the Education Committee so they try to sneak it in through the conference committee on budget. That way 2 R Senators and 2 R House members can add it to the budget and the rest of the legislature will have to vote thumbs up or thumbs down on the whole thing. There is no way that I know of that the legislature can amend something out of a change coming from a conference committee.

So this thing can now pass without full review and debate by the legislative committees tasked with oversight of education. This isn't the first time this maneuver has ever happened, but it smelled badly EVERY time it happened.

May 18, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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