Category: Editorials

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• Lack of support for public education is draining the teacher pipeline our schools require. School-funding cuts over the past several years caused immediate concerns for school boards around the state as they faced budget and personnel cutbacks. Now we are learning that the policies of Gov. Brownback and his supporters are creating long-term education challenges as a growing number […]

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Stage 2

• Fixing school funding “equity” issue may be much easier than fixing “adequacy.” A little more than a year ago, a three-judge panel in Shawnee County ruled the state’s then-new block grant system of funding public schools was unconstitutional in both its adequacy (sufficient amount) and equity (fairness) of funding. Recently, the Kansas Supreme Court and Legislature resolved the equity […]

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Common courtesy

• We’d have a lot fewer laws if people chose to respect others like they’d like to be respected. When you get down to it, most public laws and ordinances grow out a lack of thoughtfulness and common courtesy between citizens. When one citizen disregards the reasonable wishes of a neighbor, the legal authority eventually steps in to require courtesy […]

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Reprieve

• The Legislature’s quick action on school funding suggests Kansas common sense isn’t dead. It was reaffirming—and somewhat surprising, frankly—to see the Kansas Legislature come together so quickly to accept a more moderate proposal, and pass a school finance measure that will benefit the state’s 468,000 public school students. When lawmakers first arrived last Thurs­day for their special session called […]

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Thanks

• Dr. Steve Noble has been an aggressive advocate for schools and for kids. We are grateful. We have been fortunate to have a legacy of strong school district superintendents in this part of the state. The six districts in our readership area have a right to be proud of the achievements of their schools, which are due to no […]

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Fierce friends

• The recent alumni football game between Marion and Hillsboro actually brought us closer. We were impressed with the alumni game between Marion and Hillsboro high schools Friday. It was the first such event in our shared history. The competition level was keen, but for the most part both teams played with pride and with class. In that sense, both […]

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Hope filled harvest

• This year’s wheat harvest shows potential to be yet another miracle. Embrace it humbly. As the 2015 wheat harvest moves toward full swing this week, we are learning that phrases often considered trite still carry truth. At least three come to mind: Wheat is a hardy crop. Miracles are possible. God’s grace is a mystery. The 2016 harvest is […]

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Stay alert: With children out of school and on our streets, we drivers need to be even more vigilant.

Now that our schools are out and our children are into their summer-fun mode, it’s important that we adults crank up our safety vigilance as we drive the streets of our home communities. Kids will be kids. They live in the moment, their awareness of their surroundings is easily distracted, and the anticipation of potentially dangerous situations often is not […]

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High noon

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state’s so-called equity fix in regard to Local Option Budget aid in the school finance lawsuit is unconstitutional and again gave the Legislature until June 30 to remedy funding for poor districts or the school system would be unable to operate. Gov. Sam Brownback and House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, sharply criticized […]

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Familiarity

When the baseball teams representing Marion and Hillsboro high schools took the field in the first round of last week’s regional tournament, in reality 80 percent of Marion County’s school district’s were competing on the field. Marion and Centre were united under a cooperative agreement between the two districts, and so were Peabody-Burns and Hillsboro. Marion and Peabody-Burns have a […]

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