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Kansas News Service Monday, December 18th

Some lawmakers working ahead of the 2018 session are considering the possibility of a constitutional amendment on school finance.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Dan Skinner)
Kansas News Service Monday, December 18th

There could be another stand-off between the Kansas Legislature and the state Supreme Court over school funding this spring. Conservatives were not too pleased in 2005 when the court pressed them for millions more for public education.

A Kansas school bus parked outside the Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Susie Fagen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas Informat... Monday, December 18th

A special joint legislative committee meets this week to discuss how the state should respond to the Kansas Supreme Court's order to increase funding for public schools.

Democratic state Senator Laura Kelly, of Topeka, has filed paperwork ahead of a bid for Kansas governor.
Kansas News Service Friday, December 15th

Kelly says her campaign will target Democrats and moderate Republicans who are displeased with the conduct of the state’s conservative Republican politicians.  

​ The firing follows recent sexual misconduct allegations against Brandt  Haehn when he was at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
Kansas News Service Wednesday, December 13th

Former KDADS administrator Brandt Haehn has been fired by Amerigroup, one of the companies that administers KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program.

Gina Meier-Hummel, right, started her job as secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families on December 1. She was introduced by Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, left.  (File photo / Kansas Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, December 12th

A new secretary took over the Kansas Department for Children and Families this month. Her first priority: shoring up the overburdened foster care system.  Gina Meier-Hummel, the new administrator of the state’s social welfare agency, is now receiving daily reports about kids who’ve run away from their foster homes and how many are sleeping in offices awaiting a place to stay.  Hear more from the new KDCF secretary in this interview. 

Kansas News Service Tuesday, December 12th

Diane DeBacker, the state's former education commissioner, will now advise the governor's office on education policy issues.

Kansas News Service Monday, December 11th

Brandt Haehn, who headed a division within the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, is accused of sexually harassing a woman who worked for a disability service provider. 

A KDADS official was briefly suspended after department officials discovered that he had been sexually harassing an employee.
Kansas News Service Monday, December 11th

Former employee Jennifer Gill says that after KDADs official Brandt Haehn sent her sexually graphic videos, her boss protected Haehn and fired her. 

Brownback says he hopes to be confirmed by the Senate before the start of the Kansas legislative session in early January.
Kansas News Service Thursday, December 7th

Brownback has allowed Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer to make major decisions for the administration, leading to an awkward situation for some lawmakers.


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