Thursday, March 4, 2021

State Treasurer Lynn Rogers deceives taxpayers on ESA programs

State Treasurer Lynn Rogers, a Wichita Democrat, recently took a hard stance against legislation that would expand educational opportunities for low-income students, many of whom are two to three years’ worth of learning behind...

KBOE President Jim Porter deceives on student achievement (again)

State Board of Education President Jim Porter made a conscious attempt to deceive members of the House K-12 Budget Committee yesterday about student achievement in Kansas. Committee Chair Kristey Williams asked Porter about efforts to...

KS education lobby attacks opportunity – Part 3, KASB

The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB), the taxpayer-funded lobbying arm of local school boards, this week renewed their opposition to at-risk students getting better educational opportunities.  Last week, they opposed opening the tax...

KS education lobby attacks opportunity – Part 2, SMSD

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is part of the education lobby that is attacking opportunity for students who are financially and academically at-risk, opposing every measure that would allow students trapped in low-performing...

USD 231 said less than 25% of MS and HS kids remote

USD 231 Gardner Edgerton earlier this week blamed "confusing" questions from the Kansas Dept. of Education (KSDE) for reporting the district offered onsite learning for middle school and high school students for the first...

Framework for Growth: more of what failed to produce growth

With Kansas in its fifth straight decade of economic stagnation, Commerce Secretary David Toland’s Framework for Growth plan looks to propose the same things tried in the past rather than address the root causes...

Delaying property tax honesty bill implementation is bad for taxpayers

A parade of city and county officials yesterday asked the House Taxation Committee to delay implementation of the property tax honesty bill from this year to next year, saying they don’t have enough time...

COVID vaccines should go to elderly before prisoners

Governor Laura Kelly’s intention to give the COVID vaccines to prisoners ahead of the elderly and others among the most vulnerable in the general population is misguided, and it’s not supported by the data. To...

More false accusations from Kansas Reflector and ESU prof

An opinion piece in the left-leaning Kansas Reflector criticizing the Sentinel and Kansas Policy Institute for our work to inform the public about a variety of COVID-related issues concluded by saying “damn their lies.” ...

KDHE claims not to know total number of Kansas deaths in 2020

In response to our Kansas Open Records Act, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it doesn’t know the number of Kansas deaths from all causes his year. Email correspondence from the agency KORA...