North Kansas City, Liberty and Kansas City, KS school districts have already spent millions doing the same thing. All Shawnee Mission high schoolers will receive MacBook Air laptop computers. Middle school students will get an iPad Air tablet. So will all elementary students. Is there any proof giving laptops to every school child improves educational outcomes?
Also on this week’s Kansas City Week in Review with Nick Haines, Friday January 31st at 7:30 pm and the rebroadcast Sunday at 11:00 am:
Metro area business leaders complain that KCI airport does not project a ‘dynamic American city.” How about the words, “outdated” and “stodgy?” Hearings on the future of KCI continued this week. This time it was the chance for business leaders to speak out. Kansas City Chamber President and CEO Jim Heeter described KCI as a “comfortable, old shoe”, and it was not meant as a compliment. How persuasive will the arguments of business leaders be particularly as the head of the Area Development Council, Bob Marcusse, claims the airport is a factor in the city “losing out on business opportunities?”
What does it say about Kansas City’s quest to win the Republican National Convention in 2016 that the woman who was once leading our local campaign is now helping rival city Denver claim the big prize?
Also this week, The Washington Post ranks the cities chances for winning the RNC bid. How does Kansas City fare?
On a cold weekday night, more than 500 people gather at Paseo Academy this week to learn about rival plans for unaccredited school districts. When it’s hard to get anyone to show up for anything these days, what does this turnout tell us about the passion people still feel about these schools?
With the legal climate uncertain for states banning gay marriage, Kansas lawmakers are debating a measure designed to protect individuals and businesses that refuse for religious reasons to recognize same-sex unions.
The legislator pushing the bill says it’s about religious freedom, and Republican Governor Sam Brownback is receptive to the idea. Proponents of the bill say it would shield florists, bakeries and other businesses from discrimination lawsuits if they refuse to serve same-sex weddings, but opponents say its wording allows it to extend to all parts of life.
The measure says that no individual, business or group with “sincerely held religious beliefs” can be required to provide services, facilities, goods, employment or employment benefits related to any same-sex marriage or domestic partnership. The measure bars anti-discrimination lawsuits on those grounds.
Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, the state’s leading gay rights group, described the proposed measured as “one of the most offensive bills” to come out of the legislature.
This time next year should be the height of a competitive Mayoral election in Kansas City. But is the current occupant of the office doing such an effective job that he will find himself without an opponent?
A year before primary Election Day, no one has stepped forward to declare their interest in taking on the mayor. What does that tell us about the state of Kansas City under Sly James’ administration? What makes him so electorally strong at this point in his first term? Does he have vulnerabilities?
Dissecting the news this week:
Garrett Haake, 41 Action News
Dave Helling, Kansas City Star
Jack Cashill, Ingrams Magazine
Barbara Shelly, Kansas City Star