Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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...

Graduation task force ignores the low-achievement elephant in the room

Faced with an enormous student achievement problem, the Kansas State Board of Education is taking the very predictable bureaucratic approach of creating a graduation requirements task force.  Its role has nothing to do with...

K-12 opposition to computer science underscores need for choice

The lineup of people testifying for and against a proposal to make completion of a computer science course a graduation requirement in Kansas says a lot about the need for universal school choice.  Representatives...

Critical race theory is #1 priority of National Education Association

The #1 priority of the National Education Association – the nation’s largest teacher union – is indoctrinating students with critical race theory. There is no real focus on ‘improving student achievement’ or even ‘better...

Biden bailout (unconstitutionally) prohibits state tax cuts or rebates

Buried on page 579 of the $1.9 trillion so-called stimulus bill is a provision that prohibits state tax cuts between now and 2024. “A State or territory shall not use the funds provided under this...

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...