Olathe news briefs for the week of March 4, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

Storm Debris Collection Service

Debris from recent winter storms will be collected by the City at no charge through next week.  Residents are required to schedule curbside bulk pickup service at least one day before their regular scheduled solid waste collection day.  Call 971-9311 or visit Citizen Connect.

Storm debris that is cut and securely tied into bundles weighing less than 50 pounds each will also be collected at the curb through Yard Waste service on the regular scheduled collection day. Continue reading

An editorial from the Wichita Eagle

School funding problem isn’t the courts

Instead of following the Kansas Senate’s lead and altering the state’s constitutional requirement to finance public education suitably, House lawmakers should respect why that amendment was approved to start with: The public wanted a higher standard for funding education than whatever the legislative majority happens to decide.

Since its founding, our state has emphasized that education is a public right. That view was reinforced in 1966 when the public approved a constitutional amendment declaring that the Legislature “shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”

The point of the amendment is that voters didn’t want education funding left up to the whim of the Legislature. They wanted a suitable level of funding to be a constitutionally protected right. Continue reading

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