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Judge Rules for Teacher Performance Evaluation Ballot Question
September 2, 2014

(AP)–A Missouri judge has rejected a legal challenge to a November ballot proposal that asks voters whether to link teachers’ jobs to the performance of their students.

An attorney for public education groups challenging the measure said he intends to appeal Tuesday’s decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 would require schools to adopt teacher evaluation systems based largely on student performance data. Those evaluations would be used in decisions about paying and retaining personnel.

The lawsuit contends the amendment violates the Missouri Constitution by addressing two topics at once — by requiring the evaluation system and limiting the ability to collectively bargain over it.

Green ruled that the provisions all relate to the single topic of teacher employment.

Davis Predicts School Cuts if Brownback Re-elected
September 2, 2014

(AP) — Democratic challenger Paul Davis predicted Tuesday that state aid for Kansas public schools will be cut if Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wins re-election this year, but Davis didn’t outline a specific plan to boost education funding.

Davis had a news conference Tuesday in the library of Lowman Hill Elementary School in Topeka to declare education funding will be his top priority if he’s elected. Brownback pushed successfully for personal income tax cuts worth $4.1 billion collectively through mid-2018 to stimulate the economy. The state has already cut its top income tax rate by 26 percent and exempted the owners of 191,000 businesses from personal income taxes.

Critics contend the reductions are jeopardizing the state’s financial health.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff projects a $238 million budget shortfall by July 2016, and neither candidate has outlined a specific plan for closing it. Davis has said he wants to restore school funding to levels promised in 2008, before the state felt the Great Recession, but he refused Tuesday to outline how or when the state would provide the additional hundreds of millions of dollars.

Brownback Goes Up with Welfare & Jobs Spot
September 2, 2014

LoWV trying to Deach 20k Stalled Voters
September 2, 2014

(AP) – League of Women Voters chapters are trying to contact about 20,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are stalled because of problems proving their citizenship.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the president of the Lawrence-Douglas County chapter says the work is slow because many of the potential voters do not answer telephone messages or emails from the organization.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach contends it is easy for residents to prove their citizenship before voting. He says the law is necessary to prevent illegal immigrants from voting.

Dolores Furtado, president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas, said the chapters are using various methods to help local election commissioners reach people whose registrations aren’t complete.

Ks. Independent Senate Candidate Orman Launches 3rd Spot, Promises Endorsement Wednesday
September 2, 2014

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