Daily Archives: March 6, 2014

Brace yourself: School-finance ruling coming Friday

schoolmoneyAt 9:30 a.m. Friday the Kansas Supreme Court will release its ruling in the school-finance case. A three-judge panel ruled last year that state funding for K-12 public schools was unconstitutionally low and needed to be increased by more than $400 million per year. If the Supreme Court agrees, how will lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback respond? Will they defy the court and trigger a constitutional crisis? Could that lead to school closings next fall?

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Governing notes competitiveness of Brownback-Davis race

capitoldomeGoverning magazine has shifted Kansas’ 2014 gubernatorial race from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican,” noting Gov. Sam Brownback’s low approval ratings and the “emergence of a plausible contender: state House Minority Leader Paul Davis.” The magazine said: “Despite being a solidly red state, Brownback’s staunchly conservative agenda – and that of Kansas’ even more conservative Republican legislators – hasn’t been universally loved.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post misstated Governing’s change in the race’s status.

Ike airport idea started with Eagle reader, former columnist

airportnewJan Harrison and Phil Thompson of KFXJ, 104.5 FM “the Fox,” deserve credit for the petition drive to rename Wichita’s airport after President Eisenhower as the new terminal opens, which led to Tuesday’s City Council decision. Harrison also spent many hours gathering information and talking to city officials and others about the proposal. But it’s worth recalling that the idea started with a September 2004 column in The Eagle by Mark McCormick headlined, “If Wichita’s airport is renamed, we like Ike.” McCormick, then an Eagle columnist and now the executive director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita, was championing a suggestion made to him by reader Luke Yakel, who said he’d thought of it during an earlier visit to the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene. On Wednesday, Yakel told The Eagle editorial board he thought it was a great idea and that the timing was right: “I think in the long run it’s going to really pay off, and it’s going to make Wichita, Kan., stand out. It needs a shot in the arm.”