Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Rep. Melissa Rooker.
Rep. Melissa Rooker

Rooker says low morale caused by legislative attacks on education contributes to teacher exit. Fairway Rep. Melissa Rooker said that the heated negative rhetoric about the efficiency of Kansas public schools is at least partially to blame for the sharp increase in the number of teachers leaving the profession here. “You’ve got just this constant refrain in the Legislature from a certain faction that our schools are failing. That we need good teachers not all these bad teachers. They don’t have a right to their political voice,” she told KCUR’s Sam Zeff. “It should come as no surprise that there’s a morale problem and an ensuing brain drain exodus.” A report from KCUR found that there’s been a 61 percent increase in the number of Kansas teachers leaving the field over the past four years. [Teachers Leaving Kansas Or Quitting The Profession Jumps Dramatically — KCUR]

Mission Project gets grant. First National Bank has awarded The Mission Project a $25,000 grant in support of an educated workforce. The Mission Project enables capable adults with developmental disabilities to live independently and safely in the community with individualized support. The funds will help 30 individuals become more self-sufficient. The award was part of $360,000 in community development grants across five states.

Merriam may discuss tobacco limit again. Although the city council passed on raising the age to purchase tobacco the first time it came up, the Merriam City Council will hear a presentation from advocates backing the change in the metro. Council member Al Frisby is arranging the presentation.

Spencer among top 15 in Lockton Kansas City Junior. SM East graduate and soon-to-be-Kansas Jayhawk Andy Spencer finds himself in good standing heading into the final round of the Lockton Kansas City Junior golf tournament being held at Creekmoor Golf Club today. Spencer is tied for 15th in the 71-player field. Spencer shot a 72 in the first round and a 78 in the second round. His former Lancer teammate Thomas Luger is 63rd in the standings.

Prairie Village oral surgeon discusses impact of lowered Medicaid reimbursement rates in Kansas. Prairie Village oral surgeon John Fasbinder prides himself on accepting all patients, no matter how they pay. But, he says, the lowered reimbursement rates oral surgeons receive under changes to Kansas’s Medicaid system have made it even more challenging for such health professionals to take patients on KanCare. [Prairie Village Oral Surgeon Treats All, No Matter Their Ability To Pay — KCUR]

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