May 4, 2015

Medical marijuana advocates testify in Senate committee

Kansas patients and parents testified before the Health and Public Welfare Committee.
The patients asked lawmakers to support Senate Bill 9, SB 9.
Sponsored by Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, Kan., The Cannabis Compassionate Care Act would legalize medical marijuana.…

Brownback proposes plans in State of the State address

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
The state of Kansas is strong, but Gov. Sam Brownback told members of the Kansas Legislature during his annual State of the State Address on Jan. 15.
The Governor highlighted a list of accomplishments, including reducing the …

Brownback proposes two-year budget

Kansas State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan outlined the Gov. Sam Brownback’s two-year budget proposal for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. According to a press release, the proposed budget provides long-term budget stability and continues to position Kansas as the best …

Congressman Yoder assigned to committees

Representative Kevin Yoder has been named to a third term as a member of the House Appropriations Committee during the 114th Congress. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating federal dollars to fund various programs, departments, and agencies. Yoder previously …

District adopts policy to protect student data

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
USD 231 parents will have to opt in to allow their children to take part in informational surveys. Until recently, parents opted out instead of opting in, but a state law, effective last July, required the change.…

SH district teachers earn prestigious state honors

Jamie Droegemeier teaches math at Spring Hill Middle School. He recently learned he was one of 16 secondary education teachers to earn a statewide distinction. Submitted photo

Jamie Droegemeier teaches math at Spring Hill Middle School. He recently learned he was one of 16 secondary education teachers to earn a statewide distinction. Submitted photo

The Kansas State Department of Education notified the district’s Horizon Award winners that …

AG sues NJ company for falsely billing schools

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed suit against a New Jersey company that sent false invoices for textbooks that were never purchased or delivered to at least 317 Kansas public schools.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Schmidt asked the …

State health department program offers assistance to quit smoking

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can help those who are ready to quit tobacco in 2015 keep their resolutions. KDHE offers free cessation support and information online at www.ksquit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).
With the convenience …

Political theater may be in store for session

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Budget and education funding will take center stage during the 2015 legislative session, but Sen. Julia Lynn says there will be action backstage as well.
Behind-the-scenes, Lynn anticipates juggling for political position by those who hope to …

Education funding to dominate 2015 session

Spring Hill students demonstrate computer-assisted learning. Officials anticipate school funding debate will take centerstage during the Kansas Legislature’s 2015 session. Legislators must also adopt a budget this year.  File Photo

Spring Hill students demonstrate computer-assisted learning. Officials anticipate school funding debate will take centerstage during the Kansas Legislature’s 2015 session. Legislators must also adopt a budget this year. File Photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Education and budget will dominate debate in …