Saturday, November 26, 2022

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...

Overland Park city council won’t be honest with citizens

Last night’s Overland Park revenue neutral hearing showed why Kansans support the new Truth in Taxation law.  Taxpayers are fed up with local officials not being honest about property tax increases and treating them...

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...

Shawnee Mission spent $400k on Deep Equity/CRT training

The Shawnee Mission school district says it doesn’t use critical race theory, but a Sentinel investigation found that the district spent more $400,000 on Corwin’s Deep Equity training, which is based on critical race...

Blue Valley ransom note to parents: pay up or else

Just when you think education officials’ money worship cannot be more depraved, an elementary school principal sends parents what amounts to a ransom note.  Cathy Austin, principal of Harmony Elementary School in Blue Valley,...

Overland Park wastes $800,000 on mini-roundabouts

The late Milton Friedman could have been thinking about the City of Overland Park when he said, “when a man spends someone else’s money on someone else, he doesn’t how much he spends or...

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...

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...

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...

Food sales tax would be almost gone but for Kelly’s 2019 veto

Guess what the state sales tax on food would be this coming New Year’s Day if Kansas Governor Laura Kelly had signed HB 2033 in 2019?  Exactly zero, according to the Kansas Legislative Research...