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WSU says summit wasn’t postponed because of pressure

A Wichita State University official said that a school-finance summit planned for May 7 was postponed because of timing problems and not because a conservative think tank complained to state lawmakers that it wasn’t invited to participate. Kansas Policy Institute leaders were upset they weren’t part of the forum, which was to include top state education officials and some area school officials. A day after KPI complained, WSU’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs postponed the event. Let’s hope WSU didn’t allow political pressure and financial ties to dictate its plans. Academic freedom is a foundation of higher education. – Phillip Brownlee