Friday, December 3, 2021

KSDE conceals low, declining student achievement

The Kansas Legislature’s Special Committee on Education held a hearing on student achievement this week, and the message from the Department of Education was exactly as expected.  To hear them tell it, education officials...

KSDE de-emphasizes instruction in new accounting handbook

The new KSDE Accounting Handbook provides another stark reminder that academics and the importance of instruction are being de-emphasized in Kansas schools. The 2018 Accounting Handbook and previous editions made the importance of instruction abundantly...

School newspaper editorial criticizes free speech, religion

An editorial in the Blue Valley Northwest school newspaper recently called for a limitation on religious speech based on – wait for it – the First Amendment. The student author has every right to that...

Shawnee Mission school district thinks Thanksgiving, Christmas are racist

Shawnee Mission Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard tells parents the district is “pausing” their Thanksgiving and winter holiday meal celebrations because of supply chain issues.  But The Sentinel obtained internal documents indicating district officials’ real...

Having 21% of HS students college-ready isn’t “pretty darn good”

Leavenworth teacher Ginger Riddle’s recent Letter to the Editor described student achievement as being ‘pretty darn good,’ citing the 2020 ACT scores.  Riddle writes, “If 82% of our students are doing as well as...

KC Star denies CRT in schools, OK with shaming children

Parents across Kansas are furious that schools are teaching children things like 'white people are inherently racist and oppress students of color.'  Parents and teachers present school board members with documentation and first-hand experience...

Make no mistake: local elections aren’t nonpartisan

All across Kansas, people who never thought they would run for office are seeking election in nonpartisan races for local school boards, city councils, and other local offices.  Many of them say they feel...

Schools won’t talk about getting 135,000 students to grade level

There were about 135,000 students reading and writing below grade level in Kansas in 2019, with about 17,000 of them in Johnson County.  But superintendents will not say how long it will take them...

Mayoral candidate Skoog makes false accusations of KPI

Curt Skoog, a candidate for Overland Park mayor, made some false claims about Kansas Policy Institute and me personally at a candidate forum hosted by the Shawnee Mission Post.  Some false claims may not...

Leavenworth city officials: raise property tax or defund police

When Leavenworth residents asked city commissioners to hold property tax flat next year – like roughly 250 local jurisdictions are doing – Commissioner Mark Preisinger said the city would have to defund police if...