State officials say a law passed two years ago has dramatically improved child care in Kansas.
The 2010 law is known as Lexie’s Law, after a 13-month-old girl who died from injuries she suffered at a Johnson County day care in 2004.
Among other things, it requires training for day care providers. It also requires day cares that take in up to six children to be regularly inspected. In the past, those small day cares were inspected only in response to complaints.
The No Child Left Behind Act was designed by President George W. Bush’s administration to improve failing schools. But since its passage, several states have sought exemptions from the program, which implements national educational standards.
Kansas received one of those waivers last week, but state Board of Education member Walt Chappell says there’s no real advantage to being waived from the requirements of the program.
“Here we go ladies and gentlemen! What do you want to give?”
The 29-year old auctioneer conducts a recent charity auction at Wichita’s Botanica Gardens.
Megan will compete Friday in the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship in Spokane, Washington. It’s not her first time though, she was named first runner up in the final round of vigorous competition last year.
“Well, it’s intense. I will say that,” says McCurdy.
Wichita city council member Pete Mitzner Wednesday presented a case for passenger rail service through the city to the Sedgwick county commissioners.
City council member Mitzner told the county commission passenger rail service is expanding across the nation and he and fellow council member James Clendenin believe Wichita could be a part of that expansion, especially considering there is existing unused rail infastructure downtown.
City of Wichita officials are urging water customers east of Rock Road in Wichita, and in all of Andover, to not water their lawns until Saturday due to a loss of electrical power at a water pump station on Webb Road.
The power outage has reduced water pressure in areas east of Rock Road. Westar is working to restore the power to the pump station.
The voluntary watering restriction is not requested of customers west of Rock Road, because they are not affected by the power outage.