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"School choice, it seems, should be a no-brainer. Why not give families vouchers, allowing them to make free choices for their children’s education? There’s a reason increasing numbers of inner-city activists in places like Chicago and Washington, D.C., are fighting for charter schools and voucher programs. They know choice would be better for their kids. They know the government has failed them."

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/14/the_crazy_world_of_public_schools_123654.html


The Crazy World of Public Schools | RealClearPolitics
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Are America’s vast, sprawling, powerful government agencies really all that bad? Left-leaning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, in a recent series of columns and blog posts, has...
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LIKE if you agree with the 80% of Kansans who believe that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union. http://www.employeefreedomweek.com/survey-results/


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National Employee Freedom Week has released a series of scientific surveys to find out how many union members want to leave their union and gauging the public’s support for employee freedom. The results were surprising.
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Kansas school funding has been increasing
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The Aug. 1 news article “In Kansas, a deep-red ‘experiment,’ ” about Kansas’s tax reform, provided incomplete data on school funding. The base state aid data used to show a decline in school funding r...
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Advisory Council
KPI's Advisory Council consists of business and community leaders from around the state. The Council supports the work of KPI by serving as an extension of the Board of Trustees and staff in understanding the issues facing Kansas. Members share KPI's work through their individual networks and raise awareness about the need to protect personal liberty and individual freedom.

Most importantly, the Council provides regular feedback to KPI about the issues facing Kansans in the members' hometown, industry, and across the state.

Brian Everist - Mission Hills
Brian D. Everist is president and CEO of Intercontinental Engineering-Manufacturing Corp. Intercon is a 55 year-old manufacturing firm headquartered  in Kansas City, MO with additional facilities in Louisiana; the company traces it roots to several family-owned businesses dating back to 1876. Intercon specializes in the design, fabrication, machining, and assembly of heavy machinery while serving the defense, heavy industry, and marine transportation markets. Mr. Everist has previously served as a board member with Commerce Bank of Kansas City and TSM Services, Inc. and currently serves on the board of Tower Properties Company. He is also active in the community as a past member of both the Business Council Steering Committee at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is a 1973 graduate of Harvard University and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1977.

David Harvey - Overland Park

Ethelmae Humphreys
- Joplin, Missouri
Ethelmae C. Humphreys, a graduate of the University of Kansas, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TAMKO Building Products, Inc., a family business founded by her father in 1944.  In addition to her duties at TAMKO, she is the president of two family foundations:  the E. L. Craig Foundation and the J. P. Humphreys Foundation.  She currently serves on the boards of the Cato Institute, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Education.  She is the widow of J.P. Humphreys, an active advocate for liberty and free markets.  They had three children.

Ron Nolan - Louisburg
Mr. Nolan founded Nolan Real Estate Services, Inc. in 1972 as a firm specializing in the multi-family and hospitality industries. NRES provides a full-range of services including acquisitions and due diligence analysis, asset and property management, and disposition and consultation. It currently serves as the management affiliate of KCVG and maintains a regional office in Phoenix, Arizona and has over 300 employees while managing over 9,500 units nationwide. Mr. Nolan is a 1964 graduation of the Miami University of Ohio.

Priscilla O'Shaughnessy -
Wichita

Nick Powell -
Mission Hills

Colby Sandlian - Wichita
Colby B. Sandlian has been in the commercial investment real estate business for a career spanning over 57 years. His real estate career includes activities as a broker and investor/developer involved in all aspects of the real estate brokerage industry. He received the professional designation Certified Commercial Investment Member in 1969. Mr. Sandlian has been a member of the Society of Exchange Counselors since the early 1970's, and served as its President in 1981. The U-Stor mini-storage division of Sandlian Realty and Investments currently comprises 73 projects in twelve states, totaling in excess of four million square feet of self-storage facilities. In 2005 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas CCIM Chapter and the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate.

Jon Schulte - Shawnee Mission
Mr. Schulte has over 30 years of experience in investment real estate and is currently a developer and partner with Cohen-Esrey Development and Cohen-Esrey Capital. He is primarily responsible for acquisition and rehabilitation of apartment projects throughout the Midwest. A licensed real estate broker in both Kansas and Missouri, Mr. Schulte also has national experience as a provider of consulting services to clients of Ernst & Young, L.L.P. Now specializing in affordable housing he previously worked on commercial and retail developments. Mr. Schulte is a Dean’s List graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia’s Trulaske College of Business.

John Shawver - Wichita