February 22, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Category: Editorial

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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No, Gov. Kelly, your programs are not working

Gov. Kelly says that the growth in the third quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) proves that her programs – primarily, subsidies…

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Gov. Kelly, KASB gaslight parents with 2023 student achievement claims

Gaslight is a term used by some mental health practitioners to clinically describe a form of prolonged coercive control in…

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USD 469 superintendent uses property tax deception to oppose open enrollment

Comments made at the Lansing school board meeting on November 13 exposed a consciously false claim and several school funding…

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Leavenworth supers want more money, higher property tax, no accountability

The 2024 legislative agenda that Leavenworth County superintendents are proposing for adoption by their school boards is loaded with demands…

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Claiming Level 2 is on track for college/career is dumbing down standards

Some education officials in Kansas are trying to make parents believe that scores in Level 2 on the state assessment…

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A+ Team gets an F for honesty

The A+ Team, a slate of four candidates for the Blue Valley school board, posted a social media ad claiming that…

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More false claims from SUBV on spending and achievement

The activists of Stand Up Blue Valley (SUBV) are working hard to protect the bureaucracy at students’ expense by pushing…

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Newspapers deny reality on CRT, achievement to push status quo in school board races

Videos, teacher training materials, and even school teacher testimony shows the tenets of critical race theory (CRT) are embedded in…

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Miserable outcomes indicate KSDE should abandon “Kansans Can” and get back to academics

The Kansas Department of Education introduced its current gimmick – “Kansans Can” – in 2016 with great fanfare.  Instead of…

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Recommendations to improve achievement by changing adult behaviors

Testimony submitted this week to the Special Committee on Education crystalized three unfortunate realities: (1) student achievement is low and…

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KASB hits new low, trying to explain away achievement declines

A new flyer from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) would be right at home as satire at The…

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Government officials should be honest about job growth

Americans are accustomed to politicians embellishing their records, but some of the false claims about job growth are downright shameful.…

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State school board member misrepresents SEL position

At the August board meeting, state school board member Ann Mah misrepresented a social-emotional learning (SEL) statement she attributed to…

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Wichita superintendent Kelly Bielefeld covers up poor student achievement

USD 259 superintendent Kelly Bielefeld spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club recently, and like his predecessors, he went out of…

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Mesha Mainor refuses to use the poor and minorities for political gain

Hypocrisy – claiming to have beliefs to which one’s behavior does not conform – has long been a defining characteristic…

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Stand Up Blue Valley misleads followers about misleading voters

Sometimes, understanding what someone avoids saying is more telling than how they respond to an issue, which is certainly the…

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2023 state assessment results reflect Einstein’s definition of insanity

The preliminary 2023 state assessment results once again demonstrate that student achievement will remain stubbornly low until the Legislature steps…

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Stand Up Blue Valley misleads voters on school board elections

Stand Up Blue Valley, a lobbying group that primarily works to elect legislators who will vote to raise taxes and…

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Missouri needs the revenue-neutral Truth in Taxation Act

The Jackson County (Missouri) Assessor’s office is taking a lot of heat for property tax increases over the last several…

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KSDE deceives school districts on efficiency and achievement

Imagine 100 students take a test where Johnnie gets a C and only four students had higher grades.  That puts…

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KS Reflector columnist defends bureaucracy with false achievement claims

A guest columnist for the Kansas Reflector wants you to believe that the public school bureaucracy is producing high achievement,…

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