July 20, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Category: Editorial

Kansas Education Commissioner wants you to believe all students are at grade level

“Prairie Home Companion” on National Public Radio was about the fictional city Lake Wobegon, which host Garrison Keillor described as…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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