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Report calls for overhauling school finance

Here's a link to Senator Hensley's / Rep Winn & Trimmer Minority Report for comparison https://t.co/romvkA1hBU
*Warning: contains logic and reason*

January 19, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers pin hopes on efficiency study

Alvarez Marsal preliminary recommendations: sell woodchippers, add 50 KDOR staff. Anyone else think it's odd #ksleg is exempted from the study?
Also don't be fooled. In 2014, we played the 'efficiency' game with the K12 Performance and Efficiency Commission. We didn't need to spend $2.7 million when we're ignoring the results of that commish. #efficiency
Also, here's a collection of articles on Alvarez Marsal from a friend
Alvarez & Marsal in the news http://education-ksucats96.blogspot.c...

January 2, 2016 at 7:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Classroom costs

Here's a good article on "Classroom Costs"
http://m.emporiagazette.com/opinion/a...

December 27, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Questions on classroom spending cloud Kansas schools debate

About those "dollars in the classroom"
Game On for Kansas Schools explains this here, with help from Emporia Superintendent...
September 20, 2015
All budget dollars support classroom
Well said, Emporia Superintendent Theresa Davidson. We, too, share the goal of efficient and effective school spending but we are tired of the misuse of the terms “classroom” and “administrative” spending which are loosely defined, exclude/include many types of spending people think of as “classroom” spending and fail to acknowledge the important functions of the different types of spending.

“Indeed, the heart of our work in education is all about students and teachers in the classroom. Who can argue the challenge from state policymakers and politicians to ‘put more money into the classroom’? Nothing is more important than the lessons that prepare a student for the world outside that classroom. And yet, I struggle to identify anything or anyone in our schools that doesn’t end up ‘in the classroom.’

“The August 12 Tallman Education Report from the Kansas Association of School Boards contains an easy-to-understand explanation of what goes directly and indirectly into the classroom. Across the state, districts spend on average 51 percent of the budget for Instruction – teacher, aides and classroom materials. Yet, the remaining 49 percent of district expenditures support the classroom in some way.”

Read more here: http://www.emporiagazette.com/opinion...

December 20, 2015 at 6:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach to announce prosecutions

Is it a crime for the SOS office to lose a candidate filing application for office? It was turned in, but the office lost it. A candidate was forced to change political affiliation and refile at a later date.
#askingforafriend

October 12, 2015 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Firm hired to find Kansas efficiencies has track record of cost overruns, mixed results

Was contract with the firm performance-based, with a maximum fee not-to-exceed?
-Devin brick Wilson
Lenexa

October 4, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU, ASU and Lawrence public schools partnering to use comprehensive approach to help struggling students

This will be great, important research, but I must state the obvious. In many cases, reducing class sizes would go a long way in addressing some of these challenges.
Devin brick Wilson
Lenexa

September 25, 2015 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Meeker resigns as Democratic Party chair

It was a mutiny in the works for weeks, if not months.

August 21, 2015 at 1:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas statistician battles government to determine whether vote count is flawed

Wow. I assumed that our voting machines had a paper trail for accountability. This is a HUGE problem. We should be able to verify EACH election.
I was ridiculed by my Senator Smithw when I offered suggestions for making voting easier, like a smartphone app. You can automate a screen capture that emails results to the voter + the Secretary of State's office.
That is way more accountable than our current electronic voting machines.

July 18, 2015 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Despite ruling, gay couples in Kansas still battling for recognition

Supporting discrimination is costly and time consuming. Same sex marriage does not affect Straight marriage, or what straight people do in their own bedrooms, beyond the reach of our government.
Liberty for all!

July 5, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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