Testimony Opposing SB 311 - Defunding KSDE

This is the testimony we presented to oppose SB 311, a bill intended to strip the Kansas Department of Education of the administration of public school finances, transferring them instead to the Department of Administration, answerable directly to the Governor. However, before we could post this here, the chairman of the committee withdrew the bill, complaining bitterly about media reports and "vile emails" in opposition.

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SUCCESS! ACTION ALERT - Stop HB 2457, tax money for private, religious schools!

HB 2457, the tax-credit scholarship (voucher) bill we asked you to act on yesterday, has been pulled from consideration. Hundreds of you sent emails, and convinced leadership that this bill should not move forward, at least today. It may, of course, come back, and we will stay vigilant. But there are still plenty of bad bills out there, and you'll hear from us again when we need you to act.
 
Thank you for doing more than voting.
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Who owns the tax problem?

Kansas has a tax problem. Estimated revenues for the state are almost never met. Every month, what little budget there is gets undercut by shockingly low income. If the state does not take in enough in taxes to meet its obligations, who is to blame? Who owns the tax problem?

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The Strange Tale of HB 2207

Last week, the Kansas House rejected a bill to encourage and enhance ethnic studies in Kansas public schools. On the surface of it, this would seem just more of the same reactionary, fundamentalist conservatism we see every day in our legislative leadership. But below the surface, there was more going on.

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ACTION ALERT - Stop tax money for private religious schools!

This is a critical day in the Kansas Legislature. We need to express our opposition to several bills, but especially HB 2457, the expansion of the tax-credit scholarship bill. This bill would make an already terrible law even worse, and put us on the path to fully funding private, religious schools.

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Subverting Democracy at the Kansas Legislature

Last week saw some incredible acts in the Kansas Legislature, some expected of a partisan legislative leadership, some shocking in their brazen flouting of the democratic process. Read on for the details.

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The Cost and the Value of Education

We said it at the beginning of the session, and we reiterate it now, the big issues this year in the Kansas Legislature are public education, the Kansas budget, and expansion of the state's health care mismanagement. Under all of those lurks the specter of the independence of the judicial branch of state government, as we saw last week.

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ACTION ALERT - Stop the Education Committee's Insanity!

The level of extreme rhetoric and, unfortunately, actual legislation coming out of the Kansas House Committee on Education this week is unbelievable. We need you to make yourself heard, now, to let the members of the House of Representatives know, in no uncertain manner, how strongly we oppose these actions.

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Election Year Politics

Last week gave us a prime example to use when discussing election year politics in Kansas. We have pressing problems, including a state budget that continues to crater, bringing down our public schools and state infrastructure, and a moral vacuum in Topeka that knocks people off welfare onto the street and calls it success.

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ALERT - Kansas House debates tomorrow on giving Brownback power over Supreme Court

Now is the time to act.

Tell your Kansas Representative to oppose HCR 5005, and prevent Gov. Brownback from grabbing more power.

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