In Topeka this week, the way schools have been funded for decades was totally turned on its head. In a bill now awaiting Governor Brownback’s signature, lawmakers replaced the Kansas school finance formula with block grants. It changes a funding system that had been in place since 1992. Also on this edition of Kansas City ...Continue Reading
Councilman Ed Ford Ford, one of the sponsors of the measure, joined Mike Shanin for an interview earlier this week on KCPT’s Ruckus. “After Tom Schweich’s unfortunate death, I was really moved by Senator Danforth’s eulogy, and one of the sentences was “words can kill.” With the city council elections coming up, I thought it ...Continue Reading
FRONTLINE investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith, who made “Truth, War & Consequences,” “Beyond Baghdad,” “Private Warriors” and “Gangs of Iraq,” reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again.