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Report says Kansas lawmakers should add as much as $2 billion to public schoo...
16 Mar 2018 at 6:30pm

Kansas lawmakers received a highly anticipated report on school funding Friday that shows a massive funding increase for public schools may be needed. Lawmakers are facing an April 30th deadline to come up with a new school finance formula to satisfy the court. Taylor’s report recommends lawmakers add as much as $2 billion to public school funding over the next five years.

Kansas lawmakers reject numerous gun-control measures
16 Mar 2018 at 6:27pm

Kansas legislators rejected more than half a dozen proposed gun-control measures Thursday, including a ban on using bump stocks and a waiting period for buying guns. wo relatively narrow bills served as the backdrop for a debate in the state Senate, and both passed without amendments. One, approved 40-0, is designed to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. The other , which passed 25-15, makes other states’ licenses to carry concealed guns valid in Kansas. The House passed both earlier this year but must consider changes made by senators.

Waiting on K-12 review
13 Mar 2018 at 6:22pm

This is the week the Legislature gets the $200,000-plus consultant review of just what she believes it ought to cost to operate the state’s 286 public school districts.
Former Kansan and now Texas A&M professor Dr. Lori Taylor is apparently conservative on spending and is dissecting school spending based largely on labor costs and costs for students who require extra services such as instruction in proficiency in the English language, disabilities and other health issues. That report is aimed two ways — first, of course, to determine just what public K-12 education ought to cost and how ...

The High Stakes Trial Over Kansas Voter Laws
12 Mar 2018 at 6:21pm

Are Kansas’ strict voter registration laws necessary protections against fraud, or are they a nakedly political attempt to disenfranchise certain voters? That question is at the heart of a federal trial going on in Kansas. We explain this complicated issue and get the latest from the Statehouse...

Many lawmakers suspicious of upcoming K-12 cost study
11 Mar 2018 at 6:19pm

State lawmakers will receive one of the most anticipated reports they have gotten in years this coming week when a pair of consultants turns in their estimate of how much it will cost to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order to provide adequate funding for Kansas public schools. But in a series of interviews last week, many lawmakers, particularly Democrats and moderate Republicans said they are concerned that conservative leaders who control the House and Senate had a predetermined outcome in mind when they hired Lori Taylor and Jason Willis, the consultants who are conducting the stu...

Kansas House passes bill to restore teacher job protections
8 Mar 2018 at 7:18pm

The Kansas House has approved a bill to restore job protections for public school teachers that conservative Republican legislators took away four years ago. The House's 73-48 vote Thursday sends the measure to the Senate. It would guarantee tenure for teachers statewide who've worked in a district for three years or in multiple districts for a total of five years. Districts not wanting to renew a teacher's contract would have to allow the matter to be settled by independent hearing officers.

Gov. Colyer signs “Caitlin’s Law" to toughen state's DUI law
9 Mar 2018 at 7:14pm

Governor Jeff Colyer signed new legislation into law that will strengthen the state's DUI policy for repeat offenders. “Caitlin’s Law” is named for Caitlin Vogel who was tragically killed in 2016 by a repeat offender drunk driver in Johnson County. The initial research behind Caitlin’s law is credited to Blair Gordon, Caitlin’s former soccer coach and friend, who was motivated to seek changes to DUI policy after Caitlin’s death. “This bill assures those who choose to ignore limitations placed upon their privilege to drive as a result of DUI will feel the full weight of the law for their s...

House moves to restore teacher due process
7 Mar 2018 at 7:13pm

The Kansas House cast aside contentious amendments Wednesday before endorsing legislation re-establishing employment due-process rights of public school educators repealed four years ago by anti-labor Republicans in the Legislature. A majority in the chamber moved the bill to a final vote Thursday despite objections by a Wichita Republican who sought to include all public employees in the bill and a Belleville Republican who proposed restoration of rights once held by veteran educators and creation of a lower, second-tier set of rights for new teachers.