Thursday, April 22, 2021

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...

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...

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...

Delaying property tax honesty bill implementation is bad for taxpayers

A parade of city and county officials yesterday asked the House Taxation Committee to delay implementation of the property tax honesty bill from this year to next year, saying they don’t have enough time...

Stand Up Blue Valley: fund systems, not students

The Kansas House of Representatives just approved legislation to give academically challenged students a chance for a better education, and predictably, Stand Up Blue Valley is apoplectic.  Their latest diatribe contains the usual collection...

COVID vaccines should go to elderly before prisoners

Governor Laura Kelly’s intention to give the COVID vaccines to prisoners ahead of the elderly and others among the most vulnerable in the general population is misguided, and it’s not supported by the data. To...

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...

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...

The school board you elect is the school board you deserve

Thomas Jefferson’s warning – “The government you elect is the government you deserve” – is certainly ringing true these days, especially for parents whose children are being denied in-person learning by the school boards...

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...