KC School Asking Missouri Board to Restore Provisional Accreditation Now

July 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

KC Star:
Kansas City Public Schools wants the state of Missouri to grant the district provisional accreditation now — on a temporary basis — rather than wait on a process for reaccreditation that will probably play out this fall.

The Missouri State Board of Education has added the district’s request to its agenda for its meeting Tuesday in Jefferson City.

Superintendent Steve Green said the district is making its request now because as many as 18 students are lining up to transfer out of the unaccredited district under a state law that allows students to transfer to nearby accredited districts with tuition paid by the unaccredited district.

Under the law, those students probably would have to return after one year because Kansas City continues to be confident it will earn provisional accreditation from the state board this fall and end the district’s exposure to the transfer law.

“The timing on how this unfolds is our concern,” Green said.

Green said he thinks there is plenty of data in the state’s hands now that shows that Kansas City’s next state report card will score at least in the provisional range for the second year in a row and probably even in the fully accredited range, he said.

But those scores, compiled in annual performance reports, won’t be made public until Aug. 29, three weeks into the new school year.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro has said that she would recommend the Kansas City district for provisional status if it were to repeat last year’s performance, but such a recommendation probably would not be presented to the state board until October.

“We want to avoid having families go and then having to come back,” Green said.

A spokeswoman for the state said the board’s discussion of Kansas City’s request probably will occur in closed session because Kansas City has a pending lawsuit that seeks provisional status.

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KC PAC Gives in Huelskamp Primary in West Kansas

July 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

(AP) – A conservative Republican super PAC seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is spending more than $108,500 in the Republican primary race for the sprawling 1st Congressional District of western and central Kansas.

A filing with the Federal Elections Commission Monday shows the Now or Never PAC out of Kansas City, Missouri, is putting money into mailers and other advertising against him.

Huelskamp is a tea party favorite known for his criticism of the GOP leadership in Washington. He is seeking a third two-year term.

He is challenged in the GOP primary by Alan LaPolice, a Clyde farmer and educator.

The PAC money is the latest blow to Huelskamp’s re-election bid to this agricultural district. The Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association have also refused to endorse him.

Salina Bans Open Carry Weapons in Public Buildings

July 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

(AP) – Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.

The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state’s concealed carry law.

The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.

City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.

The Salina Journal reports the City-County Building is operated by the City County Building Authority and is not subject to the resolution.

Senate Comservatives Fund Goes Up With Attack Spot Against Riberts

July 21, 2014 - Leave a Response

Another Big Year for Concealed Weapons Permits in Kansas

July 21, 2014 - Leave a Response

(AP) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office says the state received the second highest number of concealed carry applications in the last fiscal year.

The attorney general announced in a news release Monday that more than 14,205 applications were received between July 1, 2013, and June 30 this year.

The highest number of applications in one fiscal year came in last year, when 25,316 applications were received.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says more than 83,000 Kansans currently have active concealed carry permits. The state has received 90,000 applications since 2006.

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