Friday, November 25, 2022

Haysville school nurse married to district official made $126,000 last year

A school nurse in USD 261 Haysville was the fifth-highest-paid employee in the district last year, paid over $126,000.  That is more than 50% above the average pay for a registered nurse in the...

Superintendent’s SEL thesis premise conflicts with district actions

Morris County Superintendent Aron Dody’s doctoral thesis is built on the premise that implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) is necessary to improve student achievement.  But his budgetary actions do not reflect what he says is...

KSDE, state board cover up disappointing 2022 state assessment results

You might expect that Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson would give the Kansas Board of Education a detailed analysis of the 2022 state assessment results, but you’d be wrong.  Here’s what he told...

Reps. Miller and Amyx propose $700 million property tax hike

At a press conference earlier this week, Reps. Vic Miller (D-Topeka) and Mike Amyx (D-Lawrence) announced a plan to save Kansans almost $700 million on property tax.  But they changed their position after the...

Sen. Hensley isn’t telling the truth about school funding

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” That has certainly been the case about claims related to school...

Most elected officials in Sedgwick County propose big property tax hikes

Sedgwick County residents are being hammered by government-spending-induced inflation.  U.S. Census data show the county lost population last year, and there were about 11,000 fewer jobs last year than in 2019, according to the...

Douglas County officials compete to see who can raise property tax the most

Douglas County residents are being hammered by government-spending-induced inflation.  U.S. Census data show the county has almost 3,000 fewer residents than in 2019, and there were about 3,200 fewer jobs last year than in...

KSDE shirks responsibility to school districts, promotes KASB membership

The Kansas Department of Education purports to be a “dedicated service agency” that provides leadership, resources, and support.  But like its claim to “prepare all students for global success,” KSDE’s actions indicate otherwise.  That’s...

2nd Quarter jobs: Gov’t. jumps, private sector flat in Kansas

The tax-and-spend mindset of many state and local officials produced predictable results in the second quarter -- government jobs increased in Kansas, but private-sector employment was nearly flat. Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor...

KASB report is a modern-day Emperor’s New Clothes tale

In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends lavishly on clothing at the expense of everything else.  Posing as weavers, they offer...