Closing schools may be unavoidable during a pandemic. Even so, it does more than disrupt learning. It widens gaps between rich and poor students and disrupts access to food and social services, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
What are the lessons of the Coronavirus outbreak for Kansas so far? State and local authorities are at the forefront of the crisis, for one. And for another, our trust in government is so low and our divisions so high that even our response to an epidemic is partisan, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.
Welcome IK guest contributor Russell Fox! In last week’s column, Russell argues that the Kansas Legislature’s recent debate over plastic bags was also about the balance of power between state and local government.
Can the state or national Republican party consolidate behind a nominee other than Kris Kobach, stopping Kobach’s momentum, which may make the Senate seat competitive in the fall? They are running out of time, wrote Michael Smith in his most-recent column.
Obstructionism in the Kansas Senate is undermining democracy, according to Burdett Loomis in his latest column.
It’s President’s Day, and yet many Americans still lack the skills to participate meaningfully in our political processes. A renewed focus on civics education must happen at home and at school to be effective, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
The Kansas Legislature appropriates money specifically to help at-risk students. But better accountability is needed, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
What’s in store for 2020? Burdett Loomis previewed the coming events of this legislative and election year in last week’s column.
Will the Kansas Legislature take steps to break new ground, or try to dress up the old Brownback agenda with lipstick on a pig, asked Patrick Miller in his most recent column.
Michael Smith agrees with the Kansas Legislature that fewer abortions is a good policy goal. But they are doing it wrong, he argued in last week’s column.