Briefly noted: Columnist picks apart criticism of spending on Center for Academic Achievement; District 30 candidate forum

The district’s Center for Academic Achievement opened in 2017.

Steve Rose takes issue with Kobach statements on Center for Academic Achievement. Though avoiding mentioning the gubernatorial candidate by name, former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose took Kris Kobach to task in his latest Kansas City Star column for Kobach’s comments regarding Shawnee Mission’s Center for Academic Achievement. Kobach criticized spending the Center for Academic Achievement during a debate in Salina, citing it as an example of “Taj Mahal” buildings that don’t contribute to classroom learning. As Rose points out, though, the $35 million cost of the building was funded through a bond issue approved by Shawnee Mission taxpayers with an 80-20 margin in a mail-in election. The proceeds from such a bond issue must be used on capital projects, like new buildings, and cannot be used on classroom expenses, like teacher salaries. “The state Legislature did not vote on it. The governor had no say in it,” Rose writes. “Taxpayers in the same county but outside of the district saw no impact on their taxes. No one pays but those in the district if a majority approves.” [Don’t believe this Kansas gubernatorial candidate’s claim about Johnson County schools — Kansas City Star]

District 30 candidate forum set for this afternoon. Candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Randy Powell in the District 30 House seat will take part in a candidate forum hosted by the Olathe and Lenexa Chambers of Commerce this afternoon. The forum, which will feature Democrats Brandon Woodard and Matthew Calcara and Republican Colleen Webster, will take place at Olathe City Hall from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Republican Wendy Bingesser is unable to attend the forum.