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Kansas House committee chairman resigns amid GOP disputes over school funding

Both equally. State funding is a uniform amount per pupil, regardless of what grade they're in.

March 31, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wind turbines like these could soon be used to produce power for utility companies in the eastern Un

I took that picture just off I-70, west of Salina.

January 13, 2014 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance case to have political consequences, experts say

The Memorandum Opinion and Entry of Judgment issued on Jan. 11 begins with the words, "In the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas ..." It was the Shawnee County court because that court has original jurisdiction in many cases in which the state is a defendant. But yes, it was a three-judge panel appointed pursuant to legislation passed after Montoy. You can view the district court opinion here:

October 7, 2013 at 12:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Employment law still catching up to social media

I believe what he's saying is that employers have more authority to govern a person's behavior in the workplace than outside the workplace.

September 22, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What National Merit awards do and don't tell us

Each year, there is a predetermined number of semifinalist designations to be handed out. They are distributed to all 50 states and D.C. in proportion to their share of the nation's total number of graduating seniors. So, if Kansas has 1 percent of the senior class population, it gets 1 percent of the semifinalist designations. Those, then, are given to students based on their PSAT score.

Once a student is named as a semifinalist, there is a lengthy application and evaluation process. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation says about 90 percent of all semifinalists will become finalists, so we can assume the vetting process weeds out about 10 percent. Toward the end of their senior year, actual award winners are named.

September 19, 2013 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

18 area students named National Merit semifinalists

It was 18% of Bishop Seabury's graduating class.

September 12, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board approves expansion plan for elementary schools

I don't believe the story is in error. But perhaps it could be clearer. The projects about to get underway are bond-funded projects. The school board on Monday authorized expanding the scope of those projects by adding additional new classrooms. The funding, as explained in our precede story Monday, will be a combination of (a) interest earned on the deposit of bond proceeds; (b) a premium paid on the sale of the bonds; and (c) some capital outlay funds. See:

The administration is assuring the public that the additional classrooms will not result in cutting back on any of the projects previously planned with the original $92.5 million. Those projects are going forward as planned, Superintendent Rick Doll said. These are additional projects on top of those.

September 10, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State seeks to block New Jersey Group from filing brief in school finance case

The only motions to file amicus briefs so far have come from the Emporia school district; KNEA; the Kansas Association of School Boards; Education Law Center; and one individual, Walt Chappell, a former member of the Kansas State Board of Education.

September 3, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

County OKs permit for Penny's sand pit near Eudora

The professor in question has also identified himself as one of the neighboring property owners who, thus, has a vested financial interest in the outcome of the issue. While he has some level of professional expertise, he cannot be considered "independent" - i.e., free from external influence or personal bias. He shares the same interest as all the other property owners and water users who stand to be directly affected by the project. I have referenced his comments in earlier stories on this same issue. See our Nov. 29 story, for example:

August 29, 2013 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )