Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2021 ACT scores fall as schools de-emphasize academics

The average 2021 ACT scores in Kansas declined for the fifth consecutive year, to 19.9, and the decline in college readiness to 21% marks the sixth consecutive drop.  Kansas is again below the national...

State school board groups reject NSBA domestic terrorists letter

School board associations in more than a dozen states oppose a letter about domestic terrorists the National School Board Association recently sent to President Biden, but the Kansas Association of School Boards is not...

Dark store theory: counties break the law, threaten residential property tax hike

Even the name -- dark store theory -- sounds ominous. With the willing participation of local media, some local officials are threatening homeowners with property tax hikes if they don't get away with illegally taxing...

Olathe schools silent on whistleblower academic allegations

While the Olathe school district is pushing Critical Race Theory under the guise of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a whistleblower says the district administration is quite aware of problems with educational achievement. The whistleblower --...

Biden $3.5 trillion boondoggle slaps methane tax on oil and gas producers

If the Biden administration and the progressive caucus have their way on what the Wall Street Journal calls the $3.5 trillion social welfare and climate change proposal, gasoline, natural gas, and electricity will become...

Justice Dept. threatens to sic FBI on parents as domestic terrorists

The U.S. Attorney General is threatening to treat concerned school patrons like domestic terrorists, but parents say they aren’t backing down.  For more than a year, concerned parents across the state have rallied at board...

Kansas can avoid potential $200 million tax hike on business

Citing information from the National Council on State Legislatures, the Tax Foundation says the Kansas unemployment trust fund is $196 million below its pre-pandemic level, potentially setting up employers for a huge tax increase...

KS Supreme Court sets date for SB 40 hearing

Save the date.  The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a new law stands on Oct. 26. The court could decide to scrap entirely an update to the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Justices could...

Schools approve graphic gay sex scenes in classroom book

A book detailing the sexual exploits of a young man is on the approved reading list for students as young as sixth grade in some Johnson County School districts. The Blue Valley, Olathe, and...

Republicans differ on approach to eliminating federal vaccine mandate

Three Kansas state senators and two state representatives are asking fellow lawmakers to petition Governor Laura Kelly for a special legislative session to address a federal vaccine mandate. Meanwhile, the Legislative Coordinating council created...