School and legislative update

NEIGHBORS: The 2018 Legislative session is off and running. Not much action yet, but I will send a few notes on that and the State Board of Education meeting as well. STATE OF THE STATE Governor Brownback gave his last state of the state address this week. After many years of shorting education funding, the Governor outlined a proposal to…

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Education update

NEIGHBORS: The State Board of Education met last week, so here is an update on that and other education issues. TEACHER VACANCY AND SUPPLY Kansas continues to experience a shortage of teachers, especially in southwest Kansas and the Wichita and Kansas City areas. This year we started school short 90 elementary and 82 special education teachers alone. We have also…

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New order in the Gannon Case

NEIGHBORS: The Kansas Supreme Court issued its fifth ruling in the Gannon case on October 2. This time the court was ruling on whether or not SB 19 (The Kansas School Equity and Enhancement Act), the school funding bill passed by the Legislature in the 2017 session, met constitutional muster. The Court was looking at two key things: 1) does…

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Kansas school moon shot

NEIGHBORS: The State Board of Education met this week. What an exciting time for education in Kansas! Details follow. MERCURY 7 PROJECT  “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” President John F. Kennedy, 1962   Using the inspiration of the moon shot…

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