June 19, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Author: Dave Trabert

USD 497 Lawrence consciously deceives school board and parents about reading proficiency

According to the Lawrence Journal-World, USD 497 Chief Academic Officer Patrick Kelly announced at the June 10 board meeting that…

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Federal court rules against Biden administration’s Title IX rules

Education Week reports the Biden administration’s new Title IX rule, which explicitly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender…

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AG Kobach: implementing Title IX policy now is”foolish and a waste of money”

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) is telling school districts they must soon adopt policies — contrary to state…

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Overland Park Council member Melissa Cheatham deceives residents on property tax hike

Overland Park City Council member Melissa Cheatham recently demonstrated why the Kansas Legislature passed the Truth in Taxation Act in…

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Education officials at the top of the 2023 KPERS ‘millionaires’ list

Data provided by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System shows that Kansas has 4,375 KPERS ‘millionaires’—state and local government retirees…

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Some Kansas schools support Open Enrollment law, others seem hostile

The bipartisan Open Enrollment legislation signed into law in 2022 offered hope for students who are trapped by their zip…

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Legislature passes less expensive tax plan in SB 37, Kelly vows another veto

The Kansas House and Senate came together late last night to pass SB 37 with slightly higher tax rates that…

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IVE Part 4: The impact of integrated voter engagement and the blueing of Kansas

Note: This is the final article in a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas by Earl F. Glynn. …

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IVE Part 3: Nonprofits receiving Integrated Voter Engagement funding from Kansas healthcare foundations

Note: This is the third article in a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas by Earl F. Glynn. …

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IVE Part 2: Healthcare foundations involved in funding Integrated Voter Engagement in Kansas

Note: This is the second article in a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas by Earl F. Glynn.…

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Kelly veto of HB 2036 shows disdain for taxpayers and the state’s economy

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of HB 2036 was entirely predictable.  We’ve heard the same excuses as she vetoed every…

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Kansas Health Foundation spends big on “integrated voter engagement ” to change political landscape

Note: This is the first of a four-part series on “Integrated Voter Engagement” in Kansas. This article looks at the…

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Kansas legislators should follow the principled lead of these three Democrats

“As I watch children in poverty, trapped in failing schools, who can hardly read, I’d be damned if I will…

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KASB congratulates USD 489 Hays on declining student outcomes

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he might say there are three things you can count on – death, taxes,…

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KPR correction shows journalistic integrity

Media rightfully gets a lot of criticism for bias, but Kansas Public Radio (KPR) deserves credit today for having the…

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Students are trapped in the twilight zone of public education

Imagine, if you will, entering the Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center and beginning the long walk through an underground stone…

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Kansas House Democrats fundraise off school funding lies

An email sent on March 27 by Kansas House Democrats under the signature of Rep. Valdenia Winn (D-Kansas City) contains…

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Niche, Wichita Eagle push student achievement deception

A false sense of high achievement is one of the greatest barriers to students getting the education they need.  Many…

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KASB SPED claim is its latest deliberate deception

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would say there are four things certain in life: death, taxes, there will…

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KSDE: evidence shows students are negatively impacted by a 4-day school week

There is a growing trend in small school districts to go to a 4-day school week, which, unfortunately, is another…

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KASB budget advice is contrary to state law, silent on improving outcomes

Kansas school board members are getting budget advice from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) that is contrary to…

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Sen. Rob Olson rebate proposal exposes his flat tax hypocrisy

State Senator Rob Olson (R-Olathe) has said he opposes the flat tax because it gives too much relief to high-income…

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School officials’ accreditation testimony exposes assault on academic achievement

You might think that mandating loss of accreditation for requiring school districts that don’t comply with state law would not…

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Exposing Governor Kelly’s pants-on-fire claim that the flat tax creates budget deficits

Governor Kelly’s budget director, Adam Proffitt, tells legislators that the flat tax in HB 2284 puts the state into budget…

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