Stephen Koranda http://kmuw.org en Efficiency Group Considering KS School Spending http://kmuw.org/post/efficiency-group-considering-ks-school-spending <p>A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.<br /><br />Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.<br /><br />The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:53:34 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37778 at http://kmuw.org Tuesday Is Last Day To Register To Vote For KS Primaries http://kmuw.org/post/tuesday-last-day-register-vote-ks-primaries <p>Tomorrow is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5th. As&nbsp;Stephen Koranda reports, there’s also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.</p><p></p><p>Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen. Andrew Howell is Shawnee County’s election commissioner.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:17:58 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37426 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Board Of Education Votes Not To Release Test Scores http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-board-education-votes-not-release-test-scores <p>The Kansas State Board of Education has voted not to release scores from a new standardized test. The computerized math and reading test for public school students was plagued with problems. As Stephen Koranda reports, glitches and cyberattacks disrupted testing for many students, so the results may not be valid.</p><p></p><p>The test was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, known as CETE. Board member John Bacon, from Olathe, says taxpayers need to know they’re getting their money’s worth.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:44:43 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37186 at http://kmuw.org KS Statehouse Visitors Can Now Carry Hidden Guns http://kmuw.org/post/ks-statehouse-visitors-can-now-carry-hidden-guns <p></p><p></p><p>Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse. The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Stephen Koranda reports.</p><p></p><p>Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID. Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:24:04 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36909 at http://kmuw.org KS Statehouse Visitors Can Now Carry Hidden Guns Kansas Board of Education OKs Teaching License Changes http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-board-education-oks-teaching-license-changes <p>The Kansas State Board of Education has approved changes that will allow people with career experience -but no education degree- to teach in public schools. As Stephen Koranda reports, the changes will allow people with real-world experience to teach subjects including math, science and technical education.</p><p></p><p>The new regulations were prompted by a bill passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature, although the Board of Ed had already been considering some new rules. The changes easily passed on a 9-1 vote. That majority included board member Steve Roberts.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:08:47 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36559 at http://kmuw.org Schodorf Unveils Proposed Voting Changes http://kmuw.org/post/schodorf-unveils-proposed-voting-changes <p></p><p></p><p>Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state has unveiled her proposal to revamp some voter registration rules. Kansas law requires proof of citizenship documents for people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, and that requirement has put around 19,000 voter registrations on hold.&nbsp;Stephen Koranda reports...</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:59:11 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36497 at http://kmuw.org Schodorf Unveils Proposed Voting Changes KS Universities, Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement http://kmuw.org/post/ks-universities-colleges-sign-transfer-agreement <p>A new agreement signed by universities and community colleges in Kansas can help students earn associate degrees. The program is aimed at helping students who transfer from a community college to a university.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:37:46 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36435 at http://kmuw.org Debate about Kansas Finances Previews Fall Election http://kmuw.org/post/debate-about-kansas-finances-previews-fall-election <p>A routine financial meeting last week at the Kansas Statehouse turned into a heated exchange between Republican Governor Sam Brownback and some Democratic lawmakers.</p><p>The two sides sparred over the state's financial policies.</p><p>As Stephen Koranda reports, the meeting previewed many of the arguments that are likely to be repeated on the campaign trail this fall.</p><p></p><p>The State Finance Council met for what has become an annual event: The state of Kansas borrows money to help manage cash flow during the year.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:36:53 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36372 at http://kmuw.org Concealed Firearms To Be Allowed in Kansas Capitol http://kmuw.org/post/concealed-firearms-be-allowed-kansas-capitol <p>Visitors with a concealed weapons permit will be allowed to bring guns into the Kansas Statehouse starting in July.</p><p>As Stephen Koranda reports, that comes after a group of legislators chose not to regulate carrying concealed guns in the Capitol.</p><p></p><p>A Kansas law grants the Legislative Coordinating Council the authority to bar concealed weapons in the Statehouse. But at their meeting, the council did not take up the issue.</p><p>That means concealed carry in the Statehouse will be allowed next month.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36256 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Regents To Vote On Tuition Increases http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-regents-vote-tuition-increases <p>The Kansas Board of Regents will consider proposed tuition increases at a meeting this week. Breeze Richardson, with the board, says this will be the final step in the process. Universities have spent the last few months developing and submitting their proposals.</p><p>“Those proposals were brought forth at last month’s meeting," Richardson says. "And then the final proposals will be presented tomorrow and voted upon.”</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:19:30 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36134 at http://kmuw.org