Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Overland Park Mayor Skoog, staff pushing for (another) 10% property tax hike

Overland Park taxpayers could see their property taxes jump 9.7% for fiscal 2023 -- on top of a 10.4% jump this year -- because Mayor Curt Skoog and city staff are proposing to spend...

Kansas is #32 in educational racial equality, belying officials’ anti-racism claims

Kansas is the 32nd-worst state in the nation for racial equality, showing once again school officials' alleged devotion to ending racism and discrimination is merely cover for a political agenda. A recent Wallethub analysis checked...

Critical race theory, gender cultural divide is focus of free June 13 event

Parents concerned about students being subjected to critical race theory (CRT) and gender indoctrination can hear from a panel of experts at a free forum Monday, June 13, in Overland Park. A panel discussion will...

Five myths in KASB attempt to excuse low student achievement

The recent report from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) on K-12 student assessment entitled Understanding State Assessment Data is rife with rationalizations, excuses, and irrelevant information to excuse low student achievement. That’s...

KCC reverses course, allows retail ratepayer groups to weigh in on transmission project

Despite calling the brouhaha surrounding a controversial transmission project "a circus" and "drama trauma," Kansas Corporation Commission Commissioner Susan K. Duffy voted with commission Chairman Dwight Keen to lift restrictions on a commercial ratepayers'...

Olathe mom spearheads petition for right to speak at public meetings

An online petition is proposing to amend the Kansas Open Meetings Act to require all meetings of public bodies and agencies, particularly school boards, to allow time for public comment. Organizer Samantha Lefebvre sees it...

Basehor-Linwood parents raise concerns about middle school Theatre teacher

Controversy swirled around Basehor-Linwood Middle School Reading/Theatre instructor Sarah Homan at the school year’s end, as several parents with children under her instruction voiced criticisms of some of her actions. The Sentinel interviewed several parents, but...

KNEA mum on achievement declines suffered with remote learning

The Kansas National Education Association won't comment on a Harvard University study that shows student achievement declined with remote learning during the pandemic, with minority students suffering the greatest learning loss, despite claims by...

Is KCC using biased analysis to justify higher electric rates?

The masthead on the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) website declares it is serving the people of Kansas, but testimony indicates it is serving the interests of Florida-based NextEra Energy and the Southwest Power Pool. Written...

Gene Bicknell wins his tax case against the state of Kansas

Businessman and former Kansan Gene Bicknell won his 15-year tax dispute with the State of Kansas in a unanimous decision by the state Supreme Court agreeing with him that he was a resident of...