Sunday, July 25, 2021

Shawnee Mission asks Court to deny AG’s motion for stay in SB 40 case

Staying a judge’s ruling that upended Senate Bill 40 -- an update to the Kansas Emergency Management Act--would harm school districts and other local governmental entities, according to a motion filed by the Shawnee...

Critical race theory indoctrination at USD 501 Topeka

A retired teacher from USD 501 Topeka says the tenets of critical race theory were pushed on teachers by district administrators a few years ago in professional development sessions.  The teacher wishes to remain...

Evidence of critical race theory in Olathe schools

Just as Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson argued to the State Board of Education that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Kansas schools, an email exchange obtained by the Sentinel shows CRT...

AG’s office files notice to appeal SB 40 ruling, requests stay

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to press the pause button on a recent Johnson County District Court Judge’s ruling that called SB 40 “unenforceable.” Lawmakers passed SB 40 into...

Commissioner says JoCo work sessions should be more open

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners broadcast business meetings live, public comment is usually invited, and the meetings are in a space large enough to hold several public observers. However, much of its discussion...

USD 420 Osage City and Osage County may reduce property taxes

If Osage City School Board President Jay Bailey can convince a few other board members, the district may slightly decrease property taxes in next year’s budget.  The state’s new Truth in Taxation law requires...

Kansans face uncertainty as JoCo judge rules SB 40 ‘unenforceable’

Business owners, parents, and Kansas residents face uncertainty if counties or school boards issue new COVID-related mandates after a Johnson County judge this week ruled that SB 40, an update of the Kansas Emergency...

Santa Fe Trail district kicks family out for disagreeing with policies

Speaking out against some Santa Fe Trail school district policies has apparently resulted in dire consequences for one family, who -- despite being integral parts of the district for years -- have found themselves...
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JoCo Health tells schools to mask unvaccinated kids

Once again refusing to follow the science and CDC recommendations, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is telling school districts to require masks on unvaccinated students. In a letter to superintendents and...
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Survey: public school satisfaction lower than expected

Satisfaction with public schools in some of the state’s largest districts was lower than might be expected pre-COVID, and their COVID response grades are even lower. For example, 56% of participants in the Blue Valley...