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School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

Hudson, you misunderstood my point about not needing approval. What I meant was that teachers enjoy freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and petitioning their government just like everyone else - your approval is not required.

That being said, it appears you don't really understand how school funding works. The legislature sets the dollar amount, and enacts the taxes to fund it. Local (democratically-elected) school boards decide how to spend it, including bargaining with their own teachers - whom they hired. (Negotiations meetings are, by law, open to the public. If you're concerned about what goes on there, by all means see for yourself).

Teachers have no authority over taxes or appropriations for schools. Anyone who wants to can talk with their legislators and local board, and of course vote.

When was the last time you went to a school board meeting?

April 15, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Lt. Dennis Leslie, right, guides a group of new recruits around

Good job Dennis. You don't look a day over 46 :)

April 15, 2015 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

You're going to need to define that "complex teacher" term you've invented here. For me, at least. What are you talking about?

April 15, 2015 at 11:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

A couple observations/questions for you, Andy.

That livelihood you "give up" to the man..... I widen my challenge to you. Try providing that livelihood without the benefit of any public infrastructure or services. No roads, no indoor plumbing, no national defense, no educated populace. See how long you last.

You might also do well to remember that people working those "cushy government jobs" are also paying taxes. But you know who doesn't pay state income tax? Business owners. Why aim your anger at the people who share that tax liability with you, but not at those who don't?

Finally, if teaching is such a gravy train, why aren't you on it?

April 15, 2015 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

I am not incorrect in my assertion that the cost of transporting students has risen far more than merely the overall rate of inflation.

You are using a typical KPI-style narrow, myopic analysis of data in order to create a false impression. If you define the cost of transportation, as you have, based only on the price of fuel at this instant in time....you won't get an accurate picture.

Look at fuel prices over the past ten years: http://www.GasBuddy.com/gb_retail_pri...

Today's prices are not at all typical for this time period. Back when fuel costs increased to over $4/gallon, private for-profit bus companies raise their rates dramatically. Do you honestly think those companies have, out of the goodness of their hearts, lowered their rates commensurate with April 2015 fuel prices?

April 15, 2015 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

And there it is: the predictable revealing of the contempt for teachers and education.

If an auto mechanic says he needs state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and tools in order to do the best he can, people accept that. He's the expert. If a physician says she needs top-of-the-line MRI and CT scanners and surgical equipment, or that top compensation is needed in order to attract and retain top physicians; people accept that. She's the expert.

But the minute a teacher says he needs adequate resources, or that top teacher salaries are needed to attract and retain top teachers; that person is dismissed. After all, what could a teacher possibly know about education. Instead, people favor the paid corporate shill with a background in TV broadcasting.

It matters not, though. You anti-teacher folks can expose your contempt for teachers all you want. Reality is that we still have free speech and free press and freedom of assembly (including assembly into teacher's unions); and....we still have freedom to participate in our own government. And we don't need the approval of the anti-teacher crowd.

I could write a whole essay on that if I wanted to. Oh, wait. I already did. FIVE YEARS AGO.

http://www.examiner.com/article/in-wh...

(Cue Groenhagen "anti-Christian bigot" rant in 3...2....1....)

April 15, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans no longer required to have concealed carry permit, but could still benefit from training

Should be required in schools. With commensurate funding, of course.

April 14, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans no longer required to have concealed carry permit, but could still benefit from training

The constitution also protects freedom of the press, and at the time that meant printing presses. By your logic, Dorothy, the government does have the authority to ban any/all forms of speech/press via electronic means - including this online "paper", and our discussions here.

IMHO, that would not be an accurate interpretation of the 1st Amendment.

April 14, 2015 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

A few things that districts didn't have to pay for in 1970: air conditioning, central heating, computer hardware/infrastructure/software, tech dept employees to keep the computer system running, teachers and equipment for technology courses, security guards, security cameras and associated hardware/software, and so on.

And, comparing only to the overall inflation rate isn't accurate. Many school district expenses are things that have increased in cost far more than the overall inflation rate. Bus fuel and health insurance premiums, for instance.

And, what was the graduation rate in 1970? What is it now? Check on that, and you'll find that our public schools are now keeping, and graduating, many kids that in the past would have dropped out. And these kids are among the most challenging (read = expensive) to successfully educate.

But, if you'd like to turn our school system back to 1970....well, I guess you're in the right political party.

April 14, 2015 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts

First of all, the money is in THEIR accounts, not "THERE" accounts. And, I'm not sure exactly what "15,21,524" is but I can say this: money in bank account is there to pay bills. A million bucks in LOB? Gee, that might cover about 20% of one month's payroll for a district this size.

April 14, 2015 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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