PeterHancock (Peter Hancock)


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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 )

Lawrence students outperform state on ACT exams

It's true that higher pay helps attract the best teachers. But that's not the only thing. It's also about working conditions. Olathe draws from Lawrence (and vice-versa, by the way), but they've also been recruiting teachers out of KCK and KCMO. The supt. of KCK testified at the school finance trial last summer that they've had teachers recruited out from under them to go to Johnson County in the middle of a contract year, even though the teachers have to pay liquidated damages for breaking their contract.

Some have argued that the highest pay really ought to go to teachers who are willing to work in the poorest, most troubled schools where test scores are persistently low and where students need them the most. But there has never been a concerted, statewide or nationwide effort to make that happen because (a) it's very expensive, and (b) money isn't the only thing that attracts the best teachers.

August 21, 2013 at 10:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Annoying cliches in education jargon

The school district has not announced that schedule yet.

August 20, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State board refutes Common Core privacy concerns

If you click on the "home" link of that web page, you will see the following statement in bold, red type face:

NEDM is a conceptual data model and NOT a data collection. There are no data in NEDM or collected by NEDM.

August 15, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Private roads remain thorny issue for the county

A private road is more than a driveway. Typical zoning and platting requires all homes and businesses to have access onto a public right of way. Yes, it's partly for emergency response vehicles. Sometimes that's not feasible because a city or county doesn't want to pay the cost of building and maintaining a public road that only serves one person's house. So, for a time, Douglas County allowed private roads under certain conditions.

In some places, private roads are built to serve "gated communities" or other kinds of private community developments (lake resorts, etc.) because private roads enable the owners to control who may come into the controlled area and block access to anyone who doesn't have a legal right to be there.

It's a policy choice for governing bodies to allow them or not.

August 7, 2013 at 8:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )