• Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news

    Media’s hypocritical tizzy over fake news1

    Fake news stories on the presidential election outperformed real news on Facebook according to a story recently published by online news site BuzzFeed and mainstream media, including CBS News, jumped all over it.  Even President Obama chimed in, saying that fake news “threatens democracy;” apparently saying “you can keep your doctor if you want” doesn’t count

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  • Government’s Entitlement Mentality – Part 2

    Government’s Entitlement Mentality – Part 20

    Government efforts to justify higher taxes while already spending more than necessary to provide essential services amounts to a direct assault on individuals’ economic freedom, and that’s what the Kansas Association of School Boards did last week.  The first installment of their three-part series attempted to make the case that Kansas’ personal income is growing

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  • Oral arguments in Gannon – a case of the misguided, misinformed and a missed opportunity

    Oral arguments in Gannon – a case of the misguided, misinformed and a missed opportunity0

    The oral argument phase of the Gannon adequacy case before the Kansas Supreme Court was a real head-scratcher.  The two-hour back-and-forth between justices and attorneys provided little confidence that the Court will finally do the right thing and dismiss the case. This examination will analyze the arguments of both attorneys and the queries and comments

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  • KMBC-TV perpetuates false school funding claim

    KMBC-TV perpetuates false school funding claim0

    It’s bad enough when media’s rush to sensationalism gets them snookered into reporting false information, but they become accomplices when they willingly ignore data that undermines their initial report.  The most recent example comes from KMBC-TV in Kansas City, which aired a live phone interview with Kansas City, KS school superintendent Cynthia Lane last Wednesday,

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  • Supreme Court Should Dismiss Gannon for Lack of Rose Measurement and False Spending Premise – Policy Brief

    Supreme Court Should Dismiss Gannon for Lack of Rose Measurement and False Spending Premise – Policy Brief0

    In 2014, in Gannon v. State of Kansas, the Kansas Supreme Court determined that the adequacy of the state’s education finance system is met when students meet or exceed the Rose standards. The Court is now ready to hear arguments as to the adequacy of school funding. Pursuant to the arguments, the attorneys for the plaintiffs in Gannon have filed

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  • KASB, school lawyers ignore reality in naked money grab

    KASB, school lawyers ignore reality in naked money grab0

    Like teenagers lobbying their parents for new stuff, the Kansas Association of School Boards and taxpayer-funded school lawyers want hundreds of millions more from taxpayers, and claim that student achievement hangs in the balance. Teenager:  You know, my grades would be a lot better if you buy me a new phone to record notes.  And if

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