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Wichita teachers vote for shorter school year, longer day

Sad that it comes to this. When folks in Topeka enacted the block(head) school (de)funding grants, this is exactly what they wanted to do: starve public schools into failure one little step at a time. After a few years, the public gets fed up with the state of their schools and Brownback's privatized-school edu-vulture profiteers will show up with their wagonloads of charter school snake oil. Just watch.

May 27, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers union seeks evaluation feedback 'without fear of reprisal'

"District leaders said a means for teachers to provide feedback is already in place. Currently, principals evaluate assistant principals and district administrators evaluate building principals, said Anna Stubblefield, director of human resources for the district. Stubblefield said that as part of the annual evaluation process, principals send out anonymous surveys to teachers at their schools."

I've taught in this district for 20 years, and have never seen a survey related to administrator evaluation. Nor do I know of any teacher who has.

May 23, 2016 at 4:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge says Kansas can’t require citizenship proof to vote

Exactly. Remember, when a couple folks sued Kobach over this proof-of-citizenship nonsense, he had no trouble at all verifying their citizenship and processing their registrations - in order to avoid having the case go to court, where he knew he would lose.

May 18, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge says Kansas can’t require citizenship proof to vote

Hey, guess what? You also have to be in the country legally in order to keep and bear arms. I will believe this voter ID/proof of citizenship nonsense has anything to do with "preventing voter fraud" when I see the right wing folks demanding that everyone prove their legal status here before being allowed to own or carry firearms.

May 18, 2016 at 7:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge says Kansas can’t require citizenship proof to vote

Yep, non-citizens can't vote legally. That's why the registration form requires you to declare, under penalty of perjury, that you are a US citizen.

You might try READING the US Constitution, especially that part about how the government cannot deprive people of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. You know, presumed innocence?

If someone is suspected of being a non-citizen and voting, by all means investigate and if necessary arrest and prosecute them. But the burden of proof is on the government to prove guilt, not the individual to prove innocence.

May 18, 2016 at 7:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers union proposes raise for district's educators

Your point stands WRONG, as I said, and as the quote you just copied here supports: "....all teachers....". And, we all still know you're grasping at straws to disparage teachers.

May 18, 2016 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Accidental shooting at high school graduation ceremony in southern Kansas injures 2 people

It might be helpful if you would read my post before replying to it, Barb.

May 17, 2016 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers union proposes raise for district's educators

No, you didn't. It was correct to begin with, because any raises would apply to every employee working under the negotiated contract whether they are union members or not. But don't let the facts interfere with your narrative, Bob.

That being said, we all know you don't care about the headline; and this is merely a stale attempt to disparage teachers. How dare they ask for a raise.

May 17, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Accidental shooting at high school graduation ceremony in southern Kansas injures 2 people

No, Dorothy. I'm not lost, and if you would apply 5 seconds of thought to my comment you might make the connection.

Poll taxes are illegal because it was decided that people could not be charged a fee in order to exercise a constitutional right. This concept was important enough that we amended the constitution over it.

Requiring people to purchase something, or pay for training, or whatever else the anti-gun folks conceive of in order to prevent poor people from having guns is a "poll tax."

Yes, we do have poll taxes in Kansas. That's why the people responsible for our current voter-suppression laws made sure people could get a government-issued photo ID for free for use at the polls, and a Kansas birth certificate for free for that purpose as well: the architects of voter suppression knew damn well their laws would be shot down if this wasn't the case (on paper, at least).

I have some first-hand experience helping someone to get a free photo ID.....and I can tell you it isn't easy, and without strong advocates to help them a lot of folks simply aren't going to get one.

And you are absolutely right about out-of-state birth certificates. Poll taxes by any other name, right? But like any asinine, unconstitutional laws; these laws will remain in place until such time as they are shot down in court. Meanwhile, the oppressors will continue to oppress.

So....back to guns. Why should YOU care about "poll taxes" and such applied to guns, which you don't like? Because the Kobach's of the world will look to any and all possible analogous laws in order to justify squashing people's rights (to vote, to assemble, to speak, to exist....whatever). If you think a fee applied to gun ownership wouldn't later be used to justify fees on other rights.....I really don't know what to tell you.

May 17, 2016 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Accidental shooting at high school graduation ceremony in southern Kansas injures 2 people

A poll tax by any other name is still a poll tax.

May 16, 2016 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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