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KPR airs comments, essays and book and movie reviews from a bevy of regular contributors. Those commentators include William Jennings Bryan Oleander (aka Tom Averill - Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University), Cheryl Unruh (columnist for the Emporia Gazette), Rex Buchanan (Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas) and John Richard Schrock (Emporia State University biology professor).

Local School Board Member Takes Aim at Kansas Education Funding

This is a typical Kansas school bus; this one carried the Valley Center volleyball team to the state tournament in Topeka in 2014.  It's simply used here for illustrative purposes, to represent education. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Many Kansas educators are upset about the governor's plan to repeal the school funding formula and reduce education spending.  Guest commentator Aaron Estabrook, who sits on the Manhattan-Ogden School Board, is one of them.

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Time for More Transparency in Kansas Government

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Kansas officials can conduct state business using private email accounts and personal cell phones - neither of which is subject to open records laws. Such secrecy isn't good for democracy. As we hear in this commentary, other aspects of state government could benefit from more transparency.

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