school funding en Efficiency Group Considering Kansas School Spending <p>A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars.</p><p>The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute. Those factions don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.</p><p>The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Stephen Koranda 59218 at Kansas School Efficiency Group Convenes For First Time <p>A Kansas school efficiency commission created by the Legislature met for the first time Friday. It was formed to find ways for schools to more efficiently use taxpayer money while improving the quality of education.</p><p>The group chose retired advertising executive and former Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission.</p><p>"I think my opportunity is to help us get to the position where the entire state of Kansas can be comfortable with the recommendations we're going to make," says Williams.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 59145 at Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 2.93in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="4">Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was in kansas City, Kansas Tuesday for the official signing of a bill that substantially reduces the percentage rate employers are required to pay into the state's Unemployment Trust Fund. </font></p><p style="margin-right: 2.93in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="4">Brownback used the occasion to tout what he called a call, growing Kansas economy.</font></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:51:14 +0000 Steve Bell 53894 at Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact Kansas Lawmakers Delay Work On Education Funding <p>Work on education funding bills continues in the Kansas Statehouse. The legislation is being considered in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that said there are unconstitutional funding disparities between school districts.</p><p>Lawmakers are expected to start work this week on a solution, but committee work Monday was delayed.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Sen. Ty Masterson from Andover &nbsp;says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">they're not yet in a position to begin work on a proposal. </span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:39:52 +0000 Stephen Koranda 53158 at Solution To Kansas School Funding Lawsuit Unclear <p>It's not clear how lawmakers will comply with a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that says the state has created inequalities between schools districts. The ruling says lawmakers violated the Kansas Constitution by cutting funds that help equalize school district budgets.</p><p>The group that filed that lawsuit, and some lawmakers, say they believe the solution is to restore more than $100 million in education funds.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:15:01 +0000 Stephen Koranda 52377 at Analyzing The Kansas School Funding Ruling <p></p><p>This morning, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a lower court will deal with what it called unconstitutional inadequate funding for the state's K-12 schools.</p><p>On Friday's <a href=""><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at what the 110-page ruling will mean for school funding, how the lower court might handle the the details and how all this affects this fall's race for the governor's office.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:07:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52283 at Analyzing The Kansas School Funding Ruling Kansas Supreme Court To Release School Funding Decision <p>The Kansas Supreme Court will hand down a decision Friday in a lawsuit over school funding and the potential impact could be hundreds of millions of dollars.</p><p>A group made up of school districts and parents says Kansas is not living up to its constitutional responsibility to fund education. They say the state has reneged on promises to increase spending.</p><p>Those promises followed a previous lawsuit over school funding. Lawyers for the state say it is up to legislators, not the courts, to decide how much to spend on schools.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:10:41 +0000 Stephen Koranda 52277 at Missouri Governor Brings School Funding Debate To Younger Audience <p></p><p>Coming out of his State of the State call for more education spending, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon brought his case to Kansas City and a younger audience with a stake in the future.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The forum was an assembly of some 700 Center High School students.</p><p>The Governor tried to break down staggering financials to something a less sophisticated economics mind would understand, telling students the system can open more than a local earnings’ future, to world-wide.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:07:20 +0000 Dan Verbeck 50364 at Missouri Governor Brings School Funding Debate To Younger Audience Brownback To Push 'Targeted' Approach To Education In 2014 Session <p>The 2014 Kansas legislative session kicks off Monday, and&nbsp;Gov. Sam Brownback says education is at the top of his priorities, including his recently&nbsp;unveiled reading initiative and instituting statewide full-day kindergarten.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:15:27 +0000 Stephen Koranda 49685 at Brownback To Push 'Targeted' Approach To Education In 2014 Session No Ruling In Kansas School Finance Lawsuit <p>The Kansas Supreme Court generally issues rulings on Fridays, so many people in the Kansas Legislature were watching to see if the court would release its opinion in a controversial school finance case Friday.</p><p>The justices did not, so lawmakers are likely to start the legislative session on Monday without a decision in the case.</p><p>House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says the case could prompt lawmakers to consider rewriting the state's school funding formula.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:56:28 +0000 Stephen Koranda 49604 at Kansas Lawmakers Study Education Spending <p>Kansas spends more money on education that any other item in the state budget, and education funding will likely be the dominant issue when lawmakers convene the legislative session in January.</p><p>A state court has already ordered lawmakers to spend more on education. And soon, the Kansas Supreme Court will issue its own ruling on a lawsuit that claims the state has been shortchanging public schools. All of this led lawmakers to spend two days last week studying up on school funding.</p><p><strong>The formula</strong></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:01:47 +0000 Stephen Koranda 46692 at Kansas Supreme Court Hears School Finance Arguments <p>A lower court&#39;s order saying Kansas must add at least $440 million a year to funding for public schools is now in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court. Attorneys for both sides spent more than three hours Tuesday making their arguments.</p><p>Solicitor General Stephen McAllister told the court the judicial system can declare laws unconstitutional, but it doesn&rsquo;t have the authority to tell the legislature how much they must budget for education.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:42:21 +0000 Bryan Thompson 44880 at Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House <p>Debate over Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax bill was fierce in the Missouri House and the governor prevailed.&nbsp;</p><p>The Republican majority was unable to muster the votes to make the $700 million tax cut into law.</p><p>The measure would have cut business taxes in half. Personal taxes would have been cut disproportionately.</p><p>Clay County Democrat Jon Carpenter called it unfair.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:39:17 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43484 at Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House Kansas Lawmakers Plan To File School Funding Motion <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.6711816005769786">The top Democrats in the Legislature say lawmakers should have a hand in mediation in a case over school funding. They say they'll file a motion making that argument this week. </span> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:15:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 33268 at Kansas Lawmakers Plan To File School Funding Motion New Regulations Change Access To Research <p>Due to a new White House directive, <strong>results from federally-funded research will be easier to access publicly</strong>.</p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32802 at New Regulations Change Access To Research Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, April 19, 2012 <p>The Kansas City Council delays voting on a daytime curfew.&nbsp; MoDOT considers expanding rail service. Missouri Senators battle over education funding.&nbsp; That and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:33:32 +0000 Maria Carter 16215 at Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> * Bill Seeks To Block Governor’s Authority In Health Exchange<br /> * Children’s Mercy Sells HMO<br /> * Democrats Aim To Increase School Funding</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:38:07 +0000 Maria Carter 10598 at Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Kansas Democrats Unveil School Funding Plan <p>Democrats in the Kansas Legislature have unveiled a school funding plan as an alternative to the one introduced by Governor Sam Brownback.</p><p>The Democratic plan would increase school funding with the goal of restoring some of the cuts made in recent years. It would also provide about $45 million to help reduce local property taxes.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:29:30 +0000 Stephen Koranda 10547 at