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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says a Kansas Supreme Court ruling has been fulfilled after he signed a $129 million school funding bill Monday. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit on an equity portion of school funding on March 7th go back to the Kansas Legislature. The bill was approved April 6th through the Kansas Legislature, and the governor signed it, saying it satisfies the ruling.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision. In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.
For years, President Barack Obama has been a vocal booster of early childhood education. In his past two State of the Union addresses, he has called on Congress to create 'high-quality' education and to help fund preschool for every child in the country. But just what is quality preschool? It's difficult to debate the merits of early childhood education, and to argue that every child — indeed, the nation as a whole — will benefit from better access to preschool, without first defining what exactly constitutes a "high quality" model.
Waiters, bartenders, hairdressers and other Minnesota workers who rely on tips got a big raise last week when the state guaranteed them the same $9.50 hourly minimum wage that other workers will get. Minnesota is one of five states plus the District of Columbia to increase its hourly wage floor this year.
Amazon.com will start to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians starting May 1. For Floridians who are supposed to pay the taxes but haven't, the announcement of Amazon's entry into the state's brick-and-mortar retail landscape could mean about $80 million a year in sales taxes
President Barack Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law. In a news conference, the president also described how the law has helped make a difference for ordinary citizens.
Diabetes afflicts more than 22 million Americans, or 7 percent of the total population, and the number of people diagnosed every year is skyrocketing. At a cost of $245 billion in 2012, the disease's toll on the economy has increased by more than 40 percent since 2007, according to a recent report from the American Diabetes Association.
Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The bill removes a provision from state law requiring a judge to sign off on any spot inspections conducted in Arizona.