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A Kansas education policy has raised concerns among advocacy groups who say it may exclude thousands of students in academic achievement gaps. That includes students with disabilities, like Rachel Mast, right, a senior at Olathe South High School.  (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, November 9th

Kansas has a plan that could guide nearly $2 billion in federal spending to help level the academic playing field...but some of the state's schools wouldn’t be subject to federal accountability on test scores and graduation rates. 

Former Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave
Associated Press Monday, November 6th

After weeks of denials, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's office has confirmed that the governor fired Antonio Soave, the secretary of his commerce department.  

Lawrence resident Scott Morgan inside the KPR news studios (File photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Monday, November 6th

A Lawrence man has left the Republican party to start a new centrist party in Kansas.  

Kansas DCF Head Phyllis Gilmore (Kansas News Service file photo)
Kansas News Service Friday, November 3rd

Phyllis Gilmore has been the target of criticism due to problems that have surfaced in the Kansas foster care system. 

Raney Gilliland, right, director of the Kansas Legislative Research Department, and Shawn Sullivan, Governor Sam Brownback’s budget director, brief the Statehouse media Thursday on the state’s updated revenue projections. (Photo Credit: Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, November 3rd

The group of experts tasked with forecasting how much Kansas will collect in taxes raised their two-year estimate by $225 million after meeting Thursday to examine the performance of the state's economy.

Witnesses, including Kansas Democratic Representative Jim Ward, told senators to avoid  repeating  the Kansas tax experiment at the national level.
Kansas News Service Thursday, November 2nd

A representative of the Kansas state workers’ union told committee members that the Kansas tax cuts sent revenues crashing, forcing dramatic reductions in state government.  

Associated Press Wednesday, November 1st

Kansas tax receipts are looking up.  In October, the state took in nearly $32 million more than anticipated.

Members of the Kansas House and Senate discuss tax issues during a meeting earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, October 31st

Kansas lawmakers increased taxes, but did that fix the issues?

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback appeared October 4 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the nominee to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. (Photo Credit: Associated Press)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 31st

Senate Democrats say they are concerned about Brownback’s repeal of regulations protecting Kansas state workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. They say they are not convinced that he will back protections for LGBT people facing religious persecution abroad. 

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle and other legislative leaders on Monday recommended the Legislature work with the Kansas City-based Women’s Foundation to update the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 31st

After recent allegations about the prevalence of sexual harassment at the Statehouse, Kansas legislative leaders have directed their staff to work with the Kansas City-based Women’s Foundation to update the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.

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