School Funding Debate Between KASB’s Tallman and KPI’s Trabert

By   /  December 6, 2011  /  Audio, Children, Column B, Education, Governor, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, Taxes, Transparency  /  No Comments

BALDWIN CITY — State Representative TerriLois Gregory (R, Baldwin City) told an audience of about 50 on Monday “this evening is an educational process for you.”
Gregory held a debate over K-12 school funding in anticipation of a battle in the Kansas Legislature next year.  Gregory  said  ”You’re going to sit in a legislator’s seat .  [...]

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Why Not Kansas? Education Summit Panel Discussion with Legislators

By   /  September 20, 2011  /  Accountability, Column B, Education, Kansas, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, Transparency  /  1 Comment

“Why Not Kansas?” was an education summit held last week to explore educational opportunities for students in Kansas.
A number of law makers and school administrators attended the all-day event in Overland Park, which was hosted by the Kansas Policy Institute and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
Education experts from around the country addressed the audience, [...]

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Groups Launch School Choice Initiative for Kansas

By   /  May 19, 2011  /  Column B, Education, Kansas, Kansas Watchdog, Video  /  2 Comments

Local and national policy groups are asking why not allow school choice in Kansas as a means to improve education.
Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert said changes in school choice law in Florida in 1998 have helped bring dramatic improvement in test scores, especially for minority and low-income students.
KPI launched the “Why not Kansas” campaign [...]

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Ethics advisory opinion sought by Senator Julia Lynn

By   /  April 14, 2011  /  Column B, Ethics, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog  /  1 Comment

TOPEKA.  On Thursday the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission voted 6 to 2 to approve an advisory opinion sought by Kansas Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe).
Lynn was asking the commission about a potential contract between her company, Lynn Communications, and “an independent think-tank that advocates for free market economic solutions and the protection of personal freedom [...]

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Tea Party Gathering Hears About Fiscal Policy, Fair Tax

By   /  March 8, 2011  /  Column B, Economy, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Taxes, Video  /  2 Comments

A March 1, 2011, Tea Party meeting sponsored by the Patriot Freedom Alliance in Hutchinson drew more than 130 people who heard presentations on Kansas government fiscal policy and the Fair Tax plan.
Tea Party supporters first heard from Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, who explained some basics of tax policy and how [...]

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