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A spectator’s guide to the special legislative session

Don't forget that our current legislators like adding bad bits of policy, "little turds" as Senator Melcher refers to them, to make a clean bill encumbered with 6-8 pieces uncalled for policy.
In 2014, House Bill 2506 was passed late one Sunday evening, and contained an unconstitutional provision to divert taxpayer dollars to church schools. That piece of bad policy that died in committee, became law.
Beware of zombie bills such as "banning Common Core because it teaches porn", and forcing transgender students to stop using the bathroom they've been pooping & peeing in for years.
Expect shenanigans.
-Devin Wilson
Lenexa

June 22, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers mull plans to keep schools open

Thanks so much for posting the live feed! I was able to take a break and see some of the testimony and Q&A. -Devin

June 16, 2016 at 5:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )

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