Saturday, October 16, 2021

Is Barbara Bollier dishonest about school funding or misinformed?

A Sunflower State Journal report about former state senator Barbara Bollier chairing a new political action committee included a wildly inaccurate claim about school funding.  She said her biggest concern about the current Senate...

Louisburg school board dismissively rejects parents’ concerns

The Louisburg school board says it is committed to honesty and integrity and developing awareness, but their handling of complaints about contact tracing shows that is just words on paper.  The superintendent withheld information...

Blue Valley board to students and parents: No soup for you!

While watching the Blue Valley school board’s April 8 meeting to rule on parents’ requests for COVID mask accommodations for their children, I was reminded of an old Seinfeld episode.  The owner of a...

Blue Valley district deprives parents of due process rights

The Blue Valley school district in Johnson County deprived two parents of their due process rights on Tuesday when the district canceled their SB 40 grievance hearings. Today, one of those parents was again...

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...

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...