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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
The Missouri Senate has moved ahead with a bill that would provide gun safety training classes for Missouri first graders. The bill would be modeled after an existing National Rifle Association program for youngsters. It’s a piece of animation featuring an NRA cartoon character named ‘ Eddie Eagle’:

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
(AP) – Budgets for Kansas public schools for the next two academic years are moving forward with slight increases in per-student spending in fiscal year 2015. The House Appropriations Committee accepted a subcommittee’s report on K-12 spending on Monday. Both budgets would have Kansas spend more than $3 billion…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Dereck Schmidt are asking the court to hold off enforcing the latest judgement on state school Financing. The state filed its motions with Kansas Supreme Court Thursday. They are also asking for mediation. Last month, a three-judge panel ruled the state was…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
The bid to immediately take over the failed Kansas City, Missouri school district picked up speed at the State Capitol Wednesday night. The State Senate unanimously advanced a bill permitting the immediate state take-over of any failing Missouri school system. The bill doesn’t identify the troubled district Kansas City…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
The Missouri Senate Education Committee gave unanimous approved to a bill that could speed up the state take-over the unaccredited Kansas City, Missouri School system. The bill moves to the full Senate. A similar bill passed both Houses of the legislature last year. It was caught up in the…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)- When Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon outlines a budget on Monday at 7pm before a joint session of the legislature, he will be banking on federal Medicaid money to help bolster the state revenues available to spend on education and other government services. Nixon’ proposed budget…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
Notes: The Kansas City Star reports that former Missouri State Board of Education President Stan Archie talked with other members of the Board before submitting his resignation Friday. Archie, Kansas City minister, resigned after a second lawsuit, accusing him of sexual misconduct with a former church member, was filed…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
Archie (AP) — A former congregant at a Kansas City church alleges the new head of the Missouri State Board of Education used his position as pastor to engage in sexual misconduct, the second such lawsuit filed against him in a little more than a year. The latest lawsuit,…

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
A Kansas report is calling for the state to increase the amount of money that gets directly to Kansas school classrooms and revisions in the way teacher union contracts are negotiated. The report comes from a task force established by Governor Sam Brownback to streamline school spending and procedures…

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