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by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The Kansas State Legislature passed a budget this week that solved a projected shortfall. It added money for legal fees in the school funding lawsuit, but did not put in any additional funding for schools. That was perhaps an answer to the latest salvo in the school funding issue that has been going on in Kansas for several years.Last week, the State Supreme Court ruled the block funding formula passed last year does not fund schools sufficiently, and that it harms poorer districts. The block funding grant is a two-year program that fixes funding for two years, meaning there is no adjustment if a district gets more or fewer students.The court said the state needs to add funding by June 30 or schools could be shut down. The state’s adding money for legal fees instead could signal that it is preparing to fight the ruling.While the ruling is the latest in years worth of events, some school officials feel not much is really changing.Alan Jamison, superintendent at Caldwell, said “it kind of feels like we are back to where we were three years ago. It doesn’t seem to be any more court shuffling of the case it has come to an end.”He said districts would still have to wait and see how the legislature reacts before schools can see what the impact will be.Conservatives are continuing to support the formula and feel schools are being funded better than the high court does.State Rep. Kyle Hoffman, (R-Clearwater) said he believes the block grant is constitutional because the state followed the constitution when putting it together.“The legislature voted on it, the governor signed it, and it provides school districts the ability to give students a suitable education, through federal, state, and local funding all the while providing more flexibility to use those funds than they have had in years,” he said.Caldwell was one of the smaller districts that actually benefited from the block grant program. The district had an increase in students before the grant started, so their funding level went up and will stay up for the two years. Jamison said the block grant would allow them to lower taxes a little.However, districts who gained students later would have extra expenses and no money to pay the extra costs.Hoffman believes the state program got money into the classroom to help students, and it did not help the bureaucracy.“The lawsuits that have come have not been about the kids, because they havenâ€™t ever been able to prove any child was harmed by a supposedly â€œinequitableâ€ education. The lawsuits are about the teachers unions and the education establishment constantly pushing for more money, which I am convinced will never be enough. My priority is the kids, and giving them the opportunities they deserve, which is more than just about money,” Hoffman wrote in an email.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down oldman · 233 weeks ago Does Mr Hoffman really believe what he said? I love when they add $$ for KPERS and claim they increased funding to education, but when they cut $$ to KPERS they didn’t cut education. Do they really think we have that short of memories or do they think we are that stupid? Report Reply 1 reply · active 233 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 233 weeks ago The ones riding the coattails of Brownback think both, I believe. And, yes, that includes Hoffman. Want to find a representative who actually makes his decisions on his own? Check out Ed Trimmer. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 233 weeks ago The republiecons plan in action, “Take this and shut up”. They have the money for lawyers, well they think it’s their money, it’s actually the taxpayers, then don’t have any for schools. I guess the Bank of KDOT is empty. They got their education but now want to deny the kids of today and tomorrows their’s. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down robert zimmerman · 233 weeks ago THey do think we are that stupid. We need to show them in November.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 233 weeks ago I’m curious how much people think is enough to hand out to the schools? Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 232 weeks ago *crickets* Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down GrandmaD · 233 weeks ago It isn’t about actually educating kids,I have NEVER heard anyone say exactly what would be enough, I don’t think that figure exists. Get the funding to the classrooms and weed out the spending just as you would in your household budget or your business if you want something more. It really chaps me that our tax dollars that were meant for education go to pay for these legal fights. They need to stop spending so much for new expensive buildings and getting the funding for them passed by advertising that the State (which has no money tree expect for taxpayers) will pay the bulk of it. If government can’t be run like a business that MUST turn a profit this will never stop. Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down BornInASmallTown · 232 weeks ago Government can’t be run like a business. If the government were run like a business, we would all have to pay for services at a price in line with market value. For example, your mail thru USPS would have to be more aligned to the cost of UPS or FedEx. The cost of putting your children in school would be more akin to putting your child in private school. Subsidies for agricultural products would be dismissed and CRP payments would become non-existent as their purpose is not for the government to make a profit. 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Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with … What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race A’s catcher Sean Murphy struggled with knee injuries throughout most of 2019 before his eventual call-up in September. He had two stints on the injured list.Thursday, Murphy had a successful lateral meniscal debridement procedure on his left knee performed by Dr. Thomas Carter in Phoenix, Arizona.Related Articles
Neo Technology, the sponsor company of the graph database Neo4j, has released the Community Edition of Neo4j under a GNU General Public License (GPL). Previously, it was available under the Affero General Public License. “That means that in every scenario where you can use MySQL for free, you can now also use Neo4j Community for free,” writes Neo Technology co-founder Emil Eifrem on his blog.According to Wikipedia, the Affero General Public License was “designed to close a perceived application service provider “loophole” (the “ASP loophole”) in the ordinary GPL, whereby using but not distributing the software, the copyleft provisions are not triggered.” What this should mean in practice is that companies will now be able to provide hosted services based on Neo4j without open-sourcing code modifications or paying for the commercial version of Neo4j (Disclaimer: This does not constitute legal advice. Please consult your legal counsel if you have questions regarding open source licenses.)Interest in graph databases in general, and Neo4j in particular, has been growing for the year. Eifrem writes “Some developers found the Neo4j license too restrictive, preventing their teams from using Neo4j.” Eifrem believes this new, less restrictive license will spur more growth in the graph database sector.“Since the graph data model is the richest of all the NOSQL data models, graph databases have the opportunity to be the most useful for most people in most situations, and ultimately grab the largest slice of the NOSQL market,” Eifrem writes. Related Posts klint finley Tags:#Big Data#hack Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes
Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ TJ Dillashaw punches Cody Garbrandt during a bantamweight title at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — T.J. Dillashaw dropped undefeated Cody Garbrandt with a right and finished him off in the second round to win the 135-pound championship at UFC 217 Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Dillashaw (15-3) was rocked in the first round and stumbled to his stool when he took a shot to the face to end the first. Garbrandt, predicted by many as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he kicked and did a little dance to the delight of the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Dillashaw stunned Garbrandt with a high left kick to the head and then a right hook that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and effectively ended the bout. UFC President Dana White strapped the belt around Dillashaw’s waist as the new bantamweight champ.“No Love” Garbrandt (11-1) earned one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was shown on the screen walking into MSG. He walked out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s hopeful breakout star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDillashaw won the bantamweight title in 2014 and had two successful defenses before he lost the belt to Dominick Cruz in 2016. View comments
In a major expose, India Today TV caught Pune pitch curator Padnurang Salgaonkar on camera, promising a 340-run surface for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team. Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning, BCCI and MCA swung into action.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the stadium and faced preliminary action from the MCA.”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” one of the reporters is heard telling the curator on tape.”It will be given. I told you this is a 340-run wicket either way. New Zealand always bowl with their speedsters and our pitch has always favoured pacers,” he responded.However, India pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah rattled the Black Caps, picking five wickets between them. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared two wickets as New Zealand managed only 230/9.For the visitors, middle-order batsmen Colin de Grandhomme (41) Henry Nicholls (42) and Tom Latham (38) were the major contributors.Unlike the first ODI at the Wankhede on Sunday, everything fell in place for India’s dangerous bowling attack. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah chipped away with regular wickets while the spinners including part-timer Kedhar Jadhav never allowed the Kiwis to build any kind of momentum.advertisementNicholls and Grandhomme then got together to stitch a gutsy 47-run parntership, giving New Zealand’s total some kind of respectability.However, Bhuvneshwar, one of the world’s premier death bowlers returned to pack off Nicholls. Despite a few lusty blows from Grandhomme, New Zealand were restricted to a modest total on a pitch where India had chased down 350 against England in January.
APTN National NewsWhen Whitehorse’s new minimum security jail opened last year, programs for First Nations were said to be a top priority.Most inmates in the Yukon jail are Aboriginal and today the facility does have services in place.One inmate facing trial, however, has launched a human rights complaint against the jail alleging he has no access to Aboriginal programming.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.
BEIJING, China – China have signed a series of multibillion-dollar business agreements during President Donald Trump’s visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing’s trade policies.Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said agreements signed Thursday at a ceremony attended by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, totalled $253.4 billion, though many were memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that were less than firm contracts. Commercial sales announced appeared to total about $65 billion, many involving goods Chinese companies routinely buy.Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are meant to defuse foreign complaints about China’s trade surpluses and market barriers. They often represent purchases already made by Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers that are collected for the visit, which means they have little effect on the trade balance.The contracts give Trump the opportunity to claim a rare political win following a first year in office marked by little legislative progress on health care and taxes. Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that was a “central focus” of his talks with Xi.The American Chamber of Commerce in China said ahead of Trump’s visit it welcomed such contracts but expressed concern his focus on trade in goods might mean the president paid pays less attention to equally important issues such as complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China’s state-dominated economy.Following the signing ceremony, Xi promised a more open business environment for foreign companies after Trump vowed to change unfair trade relations.“China will not close its doors and will open even wider,” said Xi. He promised a “more open, more transparent and more orderly” market.Previous administrations have celebrated similar market-opening promises only to be left disappointed.Both governments appeared to be doing their best to report the biggest total for contract signings for political benefit.The biggest agreements Thursday included a deal to co-operate on a gas project in Alaska valued at $43 billion and a shale gas demonstration project in West Virginia valued at $83.7 billion. There was no indication of how much money, if any, would change hands.Firmer contracts signed Thursday included the Chinese purchase of 300 Boeing Co. jetliners for $37 billion mobile phone chipsets from Qualcomm for $12 billion, General Electric Co. jet engines for $2.5 billion and soybeans for $1.6 billion.Ford Motor Co. committed to have its China joint venture import vehicles and auto parts worth $9.5 billion over three years and General Motors Co. made a similar commitment valued at $2.2 billion.That was on top of agreements signed Wednesday totalling $9 billion. Those included a pledge by China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com, to buy American beef and pork worth $1.2 billion and a separate memorandum of understanding on possible soybean purchases worth up to $3.4 billion.The U.S. Commerce Department said the Alaska gas project would create 12,000 jobs during construction.Other agreements included memoranda of understanding, or a promise to discuss the possibility of firmer deals, on liquefied natural gas sales and industrial development co-operation.China’s trade surplus with the United States in October widened by 12.2 per cent from a year earlier to $26.6 billion. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year rose to $223 billion.China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico. U.S. exports to China rose 77 per cent from 2007 to 2016 but Washington reported a $347 billion trade deficit with China last year.Trump’s administration also is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.Xi said China is willing to expand imports of LNG, crude oil and other U.S. energy products and would explore “the potential” of more imports of American beef, cotton and other agricultural products.It was also unclear if these pledges extend beyond a U.S.-China trade agreement announced in May that featured LNG and beef exports to China, which trade experts called a modest fulfilment of past assurances made by China.
New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to drop five social science chapters from class 10 syllabus from this academic session, according to the new curriculum.The dropped chapters, including three on political studies and two on environment, will only be part of internal assessment, but not the final board exam. The chapters are — Challenges to Democracy, Democracy and Diversity, Political Struggles and Movements, Forest and Wildlife and Water Resources. “The chapter will be assessed in the periodic tests, but will not be evaluated in the board examination,” the brief attached with the syllabus sent to schools read. The board had last month issued a circular to schools, saying it wanted to align its assessment patterns with future needs as the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021. “Countrywide consultations were held with CBSE stakeholders, including teachers, students, heads of institutions and experts in the field to suggest ways to strengthen the assessment and evaluation practices of the board,” the circular read. “It was agreed upon that the school-based or internal assessment needs to be strengthened by incorporating more diverse strategies,” it added.
New Delhi: Just when the industry through innovation in the smartphone business had hit stagnation, Samsung wowed us with its first foldable device “Galaxy Fold,” worth a whopping $2,000. A super-premium phone that took almost a decade in the making and opens like a book when unfolded, shouted everything next-generation. However, the expectations took a beating when reports of the Galaxy Fold issues surfaced. The units given to international tech reviewers encountered display distortion and screen flickering issues, forcing the South Korean giant to postpone its launch in Hong Kong and Shanghai on April 23 and 24 respectively, and issue a recall of review units. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The big question lingers: Will the “Foldgate” make a dent in Samsung’s image like the Galaxy Note 7 with exploding batteries did in 2016? According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), the smartphone major has been mature and pragmatic enough by postponing its launch and sorting out all the issues before its general availiability. “All said, for Samsung, there is no race for first past the post with its foldable smartphone. It is more imperative for the company to focus on not delivering a flawed product, but rather ensuring highest consumer experience when the device goes on sales,” Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units. According to market research firm Gartner, foldable phones would make up 5 per cent of high-end phones sales by 2023 with around 30 million units. According to Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Principal Analyst of market research firm techARC, from a technology-rich company like Samsung, “one would expect things out only after reliability of desired levels are achieved”. The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India. “Nevertheless, the lab and real-world conditions play differently. I don’t see it as a big issue as the product has not exchanged hands with consumers yet. They have time to correct this aberration,” Kawoosa told IANS. Some units of the Galaxy Fold, which became the first phone with a foldable OLED display, is encountering two primary issues: the foldable screen seems to have a layer of protective layer that is similar to a cheap screen film. Several units reportedly failed after the layer was taken off. Few other screens failed because the hinge exposed areas which allowed debris to get inside of the display, thus, damaging the unit. “We expect that users will use a foldable phone as they do their regular smartphone, picking it up hundreds of times a day, unfolding it sporadically and typing on its plastic screen, which may scratch quickly depending on the way it folds,” Roberta Cozza, Research Director at Gartner had earlier said. However, according to market research firm techARC, this is primarily a material issue than a design. “I think till the time it’s a plastic-based screen, the chances of such mishaps remain high. I would certainly like to see a glass display, that too from credible makers like Corning, to have a reliable foldable screen,” stressed Kawoosa. Moreover, there’s no denying that the second-generation of foldable devices would be better that the experimental and ambitious first generation iterations. “The first generation of an innovation is always experimental, and which over successive iterations achieves perfection. Let’s’face it. The Galaxy Fold was just a mistake in timing. It does not take away anything from its manufacturing capabilities,” Ram noted.