school funding

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.

Democrats Create Own Website For School Funding

Oct 23, 2012

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.

Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In School Lawsuit

Aug 30, 2012
Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

A panel of district court judges in Topeka heard closing arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit over state education funding.

Attorney Alan Rupe represents a group of school districts, students and parents suing the state.

He says lawmakers aren’t living up to promises to increase school spending and some students aren’t receiving an adequate education.

“We might be doing OK for some of our kids, but when it comes to our constitution - and that’s an adequate education for all kids - we are falling behind,” says Rupe.

BOE To Work On Education Funding Proposal

Jul 9, 2012

The Kansas Board of Education will work on their proposal for state education funding this week. 

They’re taking comments from organizations on what they should pursue.

One group is urging them to push for a big funding increase.

Education Official Testifies In School Funding Lawsuit

Jun 20, 2012

A Kansas official says school districts are concerned about more than just the resources needed to provide their students with a suitable education.

Deputy Education Commissioner Craig Neuenswander finished testifying today in the trial of a lawsuit over how Kansas funds its public schools. He was called by attorneys for the 54 school districts whose lawsuit claims Kansas has been spending too little to satisfy the state constitution’s requirement for providing a “suitable” education.  He said schools want to make sure students have the knowledge they need to be productive.

Surely no one is surprised that parents are very concerned about the proposed boundary changes in Wichita’s school district. Schools are about our children and our children are an emotional subject for all of us. So if you’re going to start messing around with my kid’s school, maybe even closing that school and making my child go elsewhere, then you’ve got some serious explaining to do.

Have you ever tried to play a violin? It’s crazy hard. There are no frets on the fingerboard, so you have nothing except your ear to tell you whether you are putting your fingers in the proper places. Meanwhile, your other hand is sawing the taught, stretched horsehairs of a violin bow across those very same strings. Horrible, shrieking noises ensue for the first few weeks, or months, or—sometimes—years. The closest thing to that sound I can think of might be something like what would occur if a high-pitched dentist drill was being applied to the teeth of a cat in heat.