New School Funding Law May be Revisited
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Five months after a new law for funding public schools took effect in Kansas, legislators and education officials are talking about going back to the drawing board and drafting a different plan for next year. The interest comes from critics of this year's funding approach but also from Republican lawmakers who supported the new law. The new funding law changed how the state distributes more than $4 billion in aid to 286 school districts. Many of the districts have requested more funding to cover unmet expenses as the new school year begins.
Tiny Kansas Town Lacks Candidates and a Budget
FREDERICK, Kan. (AP) _ The future of a tiny central Kansas town is uncertain after no one ran in an election to pick its leaders or apparently even voted. The Hutchinson News reports that with no mayor or city council, the town of Frederick was unable to submit a budget that was due Tuesday to Rice County officials. County Clerk Alicia Showalter says no one in the town of about 10 residents has made an attempt to meet about the situation.
Campus Prairie Patch to be Restored
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A small piece of native prairie tucked away on the University of Kansas campus will be restored this year. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the Prairie Acre, which is actually only one-third of an acre, has never been tilled, plowed or shoveled since 1932. The goal is to restore the native species, maintain the prairie and eventually expand it. Volunteers will begin removing the non-native plants and collecting seeds of native plants from other prairies this fall. The project is led by Kelly Kindscher of the Kansas Biological Survey
Kansas Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Stephens Murder
COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) _ A southeast Kansas man has been sentenced to almost 10 years in prison in the shooting death of a 20-year-old man. 20 year old Skyler Gurnee of Columbus, Kansas shot William "Joey" Stephens following a dispute.