Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.
Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.
Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.
Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.
Judge Thomas Malone is the new chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
The Kansas Supreme Court announced today that Thomas Malone will replace Chief Judge Richard Greene, who died on October 7.
Malone has been acting chief judge since Greene became ill during the summer. He's served on the Court of Appeals since 2003. He practiced law in private practice in Wichita from 1979 through 1990, when he also taught business law courses at Newman University.
TransCanada restarts oil flow through Keystone XL; Lead Democrats create their own portal for school funding reporting; Voters invited to tour Salt Museum in Hutch
TransCanada Restarts Keystone Pipeline
TransCanada has restarted the Keystone oil pipeline that carries about 590,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Canada to facilities in the Midwest. The pipeline passes through Kansas en route to Cushing, Oklahoma.
Kansas legislative Democrats launched their own online survey on schools Monday, to counter a new website created by Governor Sam Brownback's administration.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis said their site will gather suggestions for finding school spending inefficiencies - like the governor's - but it will also collect success stories of how schools are operating.
The Kansas Department of Commerce said Monday registration remains open for the Kansas Skills Summit next Monday in Wichita.
The event will feature Gov. Sam Brownback and industry and workforce leaders. It will feature presentations and a roundtable discussion on the best ways to recruit and train a skilled workforce.
The goal of the summit is to develop a system of industry-endorsed, third party credentials that can be used by Kansas businesses to standardize the skills and knowledge workers bring to the labor market.
Six outgoing Kansas Republican state senators have endorsed the chamber's Democratic leader in his bid for re-election.
All six of those announcing their support Friday for Minority Leader Anthony Hensley are considered GOP moderates.
They include Senate Vice President John Vratil, who decided against running for re-election this year, and five who lost their primary races to Republican conservatives. Those five are Dwayne Umbarger, Jean Schodorf, Pete Brungardt, Roger Reitz and Ruth Teichman.