Some people have left their homes because of a grass fire in Harvey County. The sheriff’s office says one home has been destroyed and several small buildings have been damaged but no injuries are reported. This fire is separate from one that has burned more than 600 square miles in Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Kansas House passes a Republican education funding plan they hope will satisfy the state Supreme Court enough to avoid having justices shut down the state’s public schools in July. The bill would redistribute $83 million in education funding. Republicans argue that it complies with a Supreme Court order last month to help poor districts. Democrats say it won’t fly with the justices.
The Kansas Senate has passed legislation that would require teachers to vote every three years in order to keep their local union. Unions would continue to have negotiating power as long as more than 50 percent of employees who vote in the election are in favor of the union. Supporters say they want to give teachers a greater voice while critics say the proposal is a union-busting tactic.
All the action in Topeka is on hold for now, as both the state House and Senate have adjourned for spring break. They’ll be out of the office for roughly five weeks, reconvening April 27th after state officials and economists issue revised projections for state tax collections through June 2017
A bronze sculpture of basketball inventor James Naismith has been installed at the University of Kansas. The 57-inch-tall, 322-pound statue was created by Lawrence sculptor and University of Kansas professor emeritus Elden Tefft, who was working on it when he died last year. His son then finished the work. Despite inventing the game, Naismith is the only coach in KU history to post a lifetime losing record at the school.