Kansas lawmakers pushing for more education changes and other headlines: January 6, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 6, 2016
Conservative Republican legislators are planning a major push for changes in Kansas’ education system. But more liberal lawmakers say some of those proposals are “hostile” to public schools. The ideas being considered include junking current standardized testing for students, turning over some school services to private companies and turning down federal dollars to avoid federal education requirements.
McPherson and Butler counties are asking Kansas to reimburse them for legal expenses generated by sexually violent predators who are challenging their confinement. The Attorney General’s office has reimbursed the counties through a state fund in the past but that account is now empty because state lawmakers didn’t allocate any money for it this fiscal year.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt is trying to measure the impact marijuana that’s legally purchased in Colorado is having on Kansas. He’s sending hundreds of surveys to local police and prosecutors and says he’ll share his findings with the public later this year. Schmidt contends pot from Colorado is flooding into Kansas, where it remains illegal.
A Topeka city councilman’s wife accused in a child abuse case wants to enter into a diversion agreement, which would keep a conviction off her record. Allison Schumm and her husband Jonathan are both charged. He remains on the council but efforts to remove him are underway. The Schumms have 17 children. Ten are adopted.
Union Pacific says crews are cleaning up a freight train derailment near Parker in Linn County. Eleven cars hauling lumber and soda ash jumped the tracks Monday but officials say they’re not sure why. Train traffic is being rerouted through Coffeyville.
The longtime owners of the marina at Cheney Lake are moving out after the state declined to renew their contract Inspectors have cited a series of safety issues at Snyder’s Marina and state officials will seek new bids but probably won’t have a new operator before the summer.




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