Daily Archives: June 17, 2013

Common Core doesn’t gather data on kids

Some opponents of Common Core education standards have claimed that the government will be collecting vast amounts of data about children, include their religious and political affiliations. That’s completely false. Common Core does not increase data collection beyond the basic academic information that states already gather. “There is no further data gathering because of Common Core,” Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker told the Lawrence Journal-World.

Goossen sees budget trouble ahead

No Kansan knows more about state budgeting than Duane Goossen, who served three governors as budget director and is now the Kansas Health Institute’s vice president for fiscal and health policy. And what does he make of the 2014-15 budget passed by the Legislature? He noted this year’s tax plan is a net tax increase of $777.1 million over five years and that the fiscal-year ending balance will be a healthy $515.6 million in 2014 but then steadily dissipate. “Policymakers have more work to do to create a stable financial outlook,” Goossen wrote on his blog for the institute. “The budget/tax plan now in place is only sustainable if future revenue collections exceed expectations and if new demands on spending – school finance lawsuit, Medicaid expansion, inflation, salary increases, etc. – are avoided.” Those are some huge “ifs.”

Kansans among no-shows on Sunday shows

Neither Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts nor Jerry Moran could claim any of the 641 total appearances by senators from 2010 through June 3 on the big Sunday news shows. But they have plenty of company. According to the New York Times, 40 other sitting senators were similarly unseen on the shows during the period, while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., logged 61 appearances and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had 58. “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace acknowledged sometimes thinking that McCain and others appear on the show a lot. But “the fact of the matter is they are good guests,” Wallace said.