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Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice;
The Robina Institute recently completed work with the Kansas Prisoner Review Board to improve and streamline their revocation process by reducing the number of offenders revoked on post-release supervision and reducing the time revoked offenders spend in prison. Dr. Edward Rhine, Assistant Professor Ebony Ruhland, and Dr. Julia Laskorunsky examined multiple decision points in the Kansas system to provide technical assistance and policy recommendation to the Board.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies in the state of Kansas. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.Key Findings:The FA system in Kansas provides emergency food for an estimated 198,400 different people annually.40% of the members of client households in Kansas are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2). 46% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 85% are food insecure and 38% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 18.104.22.168).56% of clients in Kansas report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).40% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).29% of client households in Kansas report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)At the administration of this survey, 3 food banks or FROs affiliated with FA operated in Kansas. Of the agencies that were served by those organizations, 365 agencies that had their operation within the state responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 286 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.76% of pantries, 69% of kitchens, and 44% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 74% of pantries, 75% of kitchens, and 65% of shelters in Kansas reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 66% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 28% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 92% of pantries, 79% of kitchens, and 73% of shelters in Kansas use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Center for Teaching Quality;
Reviews the debate over teachers' pay; outlines the TeacherSolutions compensation reform model, developed by teachers in dialogue with experts and activists; and presents the Teacher Leaders Network Kansas' discussions of the reforms and their challenges.
Standard & Poor's;
Ranks the state's school districts by relative educational efficiency, as measured by the reading and math scores obtained for the money spent per student. Emphasizes the diversity of characteristics among the most efficient districts.
Building Engineering & Science Talent (BEST);
Provides national and international data comparisons on economic output, entrepreneurial activity, spending on education, course requirements, and other indicators to illustrate Kansas' need to boost its high-tech capacities and the tasks it faces.
Social IMPACT Research Center;
The newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey provide a glimpse of the ongoing impacts of the Great Recession for millions of individuals and families. This snapshot of your community's data includes a comparison of 2010 data to 2009 and 1999, illustrating trends over time.
This report is part of a series of 21 state and regional studies examining the rollout of the ACA. The national network ---- with 36 states and 61 researchers ---- is led by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.The Kansas report highlights the diverse approaches to implementation taken by elected officials including Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Governor Sam Brownback, and the Kansas Legislature. The political landscape changed this year when Commissioner Praeger decided not to seek re-election. Her replacement, Commissioner-Elect Ken Selzer, has expressed opposition to the ACA.
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Greater Horizons Annul Report.
Juniper Gardens Children's Project at the University of Kansas;
The report includes data that will allow districts, schools, centers, funders, and supporters to better understand who is accessing early childhood services, what services are being accessed, and who is providing those services. The survey showed that schools, centers, and homes differed with respect to children served, program characteristics, and staff characteristic. Likely as a result of their access to more sources of revenue, school-based programs were more likely to be accredited, to have appropriately educated teachers who receive fair compensation and benefits, to offer services such as transportation and summer school, and to use strategies to engage families compared to centers and homes. The focus on formal learning opportunities varied with respect to program type. School-based programs were most likely to use a curriculum and to assess kindergarten readiness (100% and 71%, respectively), followed by centers (74% and 50%, respectively), then homes (65% and 32%, respectively).