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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Sam Brownback
The Wichita Eagle, March 9
The Kansas Supreme Court has settled some immediate issues over public school funding, but it left for another day the biggest issue - how much more money, if any, legislators must spend on education.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's school funding system isn't constitutional, ordering improved aid to poor districts by July and more lower-court hearings on how much the state must increase its total spending.
Kansas must spend more money on its public schools, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that could jeopardize Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desire to make his state a tax-cutting template for the nation.
Gov. Sam Brownback and other Republican leaders in Kansas say a state Supreme Court ruling on public schools funding is reasonable.
Months of speculation and anxiety over the fate of the funding of Kansas public schools will become clearer Friday when the state Supreme Court issues a ruling in case that has dragged on for nearly four years.
The Topeka Capital-Journal, March 3
Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations aimed at helping school districts hire instructors to meet the growing demand for technical education.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis will get fundraising help from a national Democratic group in his bid to unseat Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
Gov. Sam Brownback remains determined to establish all-day kindergarten in Kansas, despite the apparent hesitancy among legislators to get on board as the session reaches the halfway mark.
State officials said Friday that several one-time income tax payments totaling more than $50 million helped boost Kansas revenue collections in February ahead of official estimates.
Concordia and McPherson school districts were granted innovative status Wednesday, freeing the two rural Kansas districts from state laws as they pursue certain education goals.
Gov. Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools to continue to build support for his proposal to expand state funding for all-day kindergarten instruction.
Public colleges and universities in Kansas would get $44 million more over the next two years as part of a proposal a House budget committee approved Monday that would restore some salary funding, boost research programs and expand construction projects.
Republican leaders should slash 20 days from Kansas lawmakers' annual session because the GOP-dominated Legislature isn't doing anything to create jobs or improve schools, the House's top Democrat said Friday.
"My commitment is to work with legislative leadership to address the allocation issue identified by the court. We will fix this," Brownback said Friday - setting a welcome tone in sharp contrast to the defiant comments about the court in his State of the State address.
"We need this tax structure," Brownback said. "Just to be clear, this tax structure is providing more revenue."