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Lawrence schools' ACT scores continue to exceed state, national averages

It is the time of year that the ACT scores are released.

It is also the time of year the annual standard, generic, PR spin goes along with it.

So Lawrence exceeds the state and national average on ACT scores. Big deal. That data universe includes Liberal, Kansas and Tupelo, Mississippi. That is not a high standard to exceed. Lawrence students do not compete with students from such districts for admissions to elite schools, grants and scholarships.

Lawrence is the seventh largest school district in the state. Does it exceed the averages of more relevant nearby districts, such as the big three just 30 miles east on K10? Those are the students that Lawrence students compete with for colleges.

Blue Valley has a district average score of 25.4, with three schools being over 25. Olathe has an average of 24, with half of the schools at 24.6. The Shawnee Mission average is 23.8, with three of its five schools over 24.

If Lawrence taxpayers want to settle for having schools at merely above average, so be it.

August 28, 2016 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

After first 100 days in office, City Manager to focus on Lawrence's future

Goals were established. There never was a plan to execute to accomplish those goals. There is a difference.

August 21, 2016 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

After first 100 days in office, City Manager to focus on Lawrence's future

Increased library funding as discussed for the recent budget. The loudest voices showed up at a commission meeting lobbying for more money for Mary the librarian.

August 21, 2016 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

After first 100 days in office, City Manager to focus on Lawrence's future

"...listening to the loudest voices oftentimes doesn't help."

"... allowing the minority opinion or the issue of the day to have a disproportionate sway over decision-making."

For example, library and arts funding.

August 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas cancels 5 public meetings on Medicaid issues

Thanks for reminding me. I just did.

August 18, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City's financial audit shows pension shortfall; need to assess fees

"Sure, KPERS has an unfunded pension liability - it probably always has. Is it bigger today then in past years? Sure..."

Actually, according to KPERS most recent annual report year ending 2015, the funding level of the total system is 63%.

In June 2010, the democrats last year in the governor’s office, it was 59.9 %. It had decreased each of the previous five years from 68% in 2007. In January 2005 it was 70%.

The stated goal in the report is 80%, which is the standard goal nationwide.

The most recent data indicates the public union heavy Illinois is the worst performing pension plan in the country with a funding level of 39%.

August 16, 2016 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers question KanCare contractor about big backlog

Dorothy considers herself a victim in every aspect of her simple life. One cant help but feel sorry for her.

August 5, 2016 at 7:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers question KanCare contractor about big backlog

So this is Brownbacks fault for turning over what a government agency used to do to the private sector?

The attached article from the Kansas Health Institute from June 2009 points out the company, Policy Studies Inc was replacing Maximus as the operator of the application clearinghouse. It seems the six year contract with Maximus was expiring. That contract beginning in 2004, was for 9.2 million dollars per year. PSI got the new contract, to begin in Jan 2010, being the low bid at 9 million dollars per year. PSI at the time was providing the same service in 28 states.

But wait, that happened from 2004 to 2009. How can that be if the democrat administration of Sebelius/Parkinson was in office during those years?

In fact, the original Maxmus contract began six years before Brownback was sworn in. The PSI contract took effect one year before Brownback took office

It seems when the PSI contract expired, Maximus got the contract back by low bid. I wonder if that had anything to do with PSI being in Denver, while Maximus is at Forbes Field?

The problem is the Kansas requirement of accepting the low bid on contracts, which causes constantly changing vendors. To make that low bid, contractors cut expenses. The proper alternative is to put out the RFP and choose the most effective contractor.

But then the liberals would scream about not accepting the lowest bid.

http://www.khi.org/news/article/psi-r...

August 4, 2016 at 6:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP conservatives take losses in Kansas Legislature

Lawrence Liberals have no strategic thinking when it comes to state politics.

Do you not realize that, if the voter sentiment is as you say, you rooted for the wrong people?

State democrats will have a more difficult time defeating a moderate Republican candidate, than a conservative one.

Larry Meeker was strategically thinking for the democrat party. Moderate the party views, form a coalition with the moderate Republicans, and get a seat at the table of influence. In doing so democrats could develop new candidates to run for statewide office.

Here is a secret. State Republicans were afraid of Meeker. Instead, you sent banned him into the wilderness.

August 3, 2016 at 4:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP conservatives take losses in Kansas Legislature

Schools are funded. In fact, Lawrence is decreasing its school tax by 1.5 million dollars. Lets see how many people call to keep the same mill rate as before.

Medicaid is still there. The reimbursement system was changed to mirror that of Medicare, through private carriers. Because of the regulation of taking the lowest bidder on the contract, the transition has not been efficient. If only BCBS of Kansas has the contract, there would be no issue.

Rural hospitals are a remnant of the past because of the advancement of health care technology. A rural hospital cannot afford a CT machine to do two scans a month, better less than new surgical equipment. Doctors don’t want to live in a town of 9000, nor do they want to spend their time traveling there. The people of Independence even went to Coffeyville for hospital care.

EBT cards are still around. They just can’t be used at Worlds of Fun.

August 3, 2016 at 4:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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