A Senate committee has started work on a constitutional amendment aimed at blocking lawsuits over school funding.
The committee heard from supporters Wednesday. The proposal would alter the Kansas Constitution to say only the Legislature can set school spending levels.
Lawsuits over school funding have riled up some lawmakers, helping drive the push for the change. Last month, a district court ruled that the state needs to increase school funding, and that’s just the most recent in a series of lawsuits over the issue.
Dozens took part in a lecture Wednesday on African-American newspapers and communities in Kansas at the Wichita Public Library downtown.
Historian Aleen Ratzlaff, professor of communications at Tabor College in Hillsboro, says Kansas has a rich history of newspapers that were owned and published by African-Americans and targeted to black readers.
"The emphasis has been on mainstream newspapers, but there were vital publications that were part of the African-American community as well as other ethic communities," he says.
Legislators move forward on school funding amendment; Historian gives lecture on Kansas Black newspapers; Historic site offers travel scholarships to teachers.
Work Starts On School Funding Change
A Senate committee started working on a constitutional amendment to block lawsuits over school funding. The proposal would alter the Kansas Constitution to say only the Legislature can set school spending levels.
Among more important things, Side Effects is a first-rate mystery of the classic school in which all the clues are out in sight and the solution links everything together into a single coherent story. The story is usually not particularly credible, because crime is more banal than the mystery story form likes to suggest; but it does fit together into a logical pattern with no loose ends. This is a very rare situation these days, on film, and congratulations for it.
An oil refinery in southeast Kansas has agreed to pay federal penalties totaling more than $2 million as the result of a 2007 oil spill.
The spill took place during a flood in 2007. According to the EPA, the refinery operated by Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing discharged more than 2,000 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water into the Verdigris River.
The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than $500,000. In addition, they will pay more than $1.7 million to reimburse the federal government for costs involved in cleaning up the spill.
After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, the Wichita City council decided which programs would be funded by a federal block grant.
The Community Services Block Grant is expected to be cut in half, providing about $532,000 to support various service programs in Wichita. That means some programs that were previously funded will get less - or none.
Mary Kay Vaughn, Director of Housing and Community Services, told the council that the review committee had to prioritize what programs would get funded.