Gov. Laura Kelly and Topeka school district superintendent Tiffany Anderson chat Monday with Laura Vandruff, 15, as she receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Topeka High School. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly toasts Topeka High School’s hosting of COVID-19 vaccination clinic

BY: - May 17, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly enthusiastic with turnout at a Topeka High School clinic delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to students and parents.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman discusses on the Kansas Reflector podcast impact of COVID-19 after more than one year of the pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE secretary Norman: Colleagues target of rage, CDC mask guidance ‘bold’

BY: - May 17, 2021

KDHE Secretary Norman welcomes 'bold' CDC guidance on wearing masks and concedes underestimated strength of public anger during pandemic.

Rep. Mark Samsel, a Wellsville Republican, has been ordered not to set foot on Wellsville school district property or attend any school events for one year following his arrest for alleged misconduct as a substitute teacher. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House member ordered not to set foot on Wellsville school property for one year

BY: - May 16, 2021

Republican Rep. Mark Samsel ordered to stay away from Wellsville schools for one year after arrest tied to his work as a substitute teacher.

Kansas governor denounces effort to tie college athlete pay to transgender athlete ban

BY: - May 13, 2021

TOPEKA — An effort to pass a bill allowing collegiate student-athletes to receive compensation for their name and likeness in exchange for pushing through a ban on transgender athletes in school sports drew scorn Thursday from Gov. Laura Kelly. The controversial Senate Bill 55 would have required participation in K-12 and college sports to correspond […]

Racial disparities in infant mortalities persist despite record low rates in Kansas

BY: - May 13, 2021

TOPEKA — Driven by personal loss, Sapphire Garcia-Lies is working to bring awareness to racial disparities in infant mortalities and equity to perinatal health in Kansas. Garcia-Lies’ daughter died in utero one week before her due date, from what Garcia-Lies described as medical negligence. She said concerns about her daughter not moving much toward the […]


How a community helped these Kansas high school students succeed in business

BY: - May 11, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. A junior at Clay Center Community High School, Kinzlee Wallace is an officer of CCCHS’ Future Business Leaders of America. The average American uses only 37% […]

Revised Kansas budget includes $53M more for universities, $120M Docking rebuild, judicial raises

BY: - May 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Lawmakers agreed to a budget deal Friday to inject cash into state universities, renovate the Docking State Office Building, increase pay for judges, restrict the use of vaccine passports, and leave the state with a $541 million reserve. The final adjustments include stripping state employees of a 2.5% pay raise. Senate Republicans demanded […]

Sen. Molly Baumgardner, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, praised Friday a compromise school funding bill also championed by Gov. Laura Kelly. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly, Legislature endorse compromise on K-12 education policy, funding

BY: - May 7, 2021

TOPEKA — A bipartisan education bill embraced by Gov. Laura Kelly appeared headed Friday for approval as the Legislature committed the state to limiting reliance on remote instruction in public schools and to expansion of student eligibility for private school scholarships. The product of negotiations by House and Senate lawmakers and the governor’s office set […]

Legislature’s auditors to tackle IT vulnerabilities, pandemic spending

BY: - May 5, 2021

The Kansas Legislature's auditors are taking on new inquiries of COVID-19 relief spending, state IT vulnerabilities and foster care problems.

Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican and chairwoman of the Senate's tax committee, defended a bundled property tax reform bill offering rebates to certain businesses and delivering the regular 20 mills for K-12 public schools. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate property tax bill strikes chord with homeowners, schools and businesses

BY: - May 5, 2021

Property tax bill features rebates to coronavirus-harmed businesses, funding of K-12schools and a new program for elderly homeowners.

Senate Republicans dismiss Kansas budget director’s warning about education funds

BY: - May 4, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers must fully fund K-12 public schools and pump an additional $106 million into universities, or federal authorities will withhold education funding from the state. Unless they don’t. Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget director sent a dire warning to legislators Sunday night, on the eve of their votes to override the governor’s vetoes […]

El Dorado Republican Rep. Will Carpenter, facing, led a charge in the House to override Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of $300,000 for an Andover pilot program to help women caught in human trafficking. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

House hits veto override button to strip governor of COVID-19 funding oversight

BY: - May 4, 2021

House sends Senate measures overriding Kelly vetoes of bills on COVID-19 funding, university building maintenance and human trafficking.