Saturday, December 4, 2021

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    KSDE conceals low, declining student achievement

    The Kansas Legislature’s Special Committee on Education held a hearing on student achievement this week, and the message from the Department of Education was...

    KSDE de-emphasizes instruction in new accounting handbook

    The new KSDE Accounting Handbook provides another stark reminder that academics and the importance of instruction are being de-emphasized in Kansas schools. The 2018 Accounting...

    School newspaper editorial criticizes free speech, religion

    An editorial in the Blue Valley Northwest school newspaper recently called for a limitation on religious speech based on – wait for it –...

    Shawnee Mission school district thinks Thanksgiving, Christmas are racist

    Shawnee Mission Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard tells parents the district is “pausing” their Thanksgiving and winter holiday meal celebrations because of supply chain issues. ...

    Having 21% of HS students college-ready isn’t “pretty darn good”

    Leavenworth teacher Ginger Riddle’s recent Letter to the Editor described student achievement as being ‘pretty darn good,’ citing the 2020 ACT scores.  Riddle writes,...

    KC Star denies CRT in schools, OK with shaming children

    Parents across Kansas are furious that schools are teaching children things like 'white people are inherently racist and oppress students of color.'  Parents and...

    Make no mistake: local elections aren’t nonpartisan

    All across Kansas, people who never thought they would run for office are seeking election in nonpartisan races for local school boards, city councils,...

    Schools won’t talk about getting 135,000 students to grade level

    There were about 135,000 students reading and writing below grade level in Kansas in 2019, with about 17,000 of them in Johnson County.  But...

    Mayoral candidate Skoog makes false accusations of KPI

    Curt Skoog, a candidate for Overland Park mayor, made some false claims about Kansas Policy Institute and me personally at a candidate forum hosted...

    Leavenworth city officials: raise property tax or defund police

    When Leavenworth residents asked city commissioners to hold property tax flat next year – like roughly 250 local jurisdictions are doing – Commissioner Mark...

    Kansas tries to reduce standards to make achievement look better

    The Kansas Department of Education dumbed down achievement standards about 20 years ago under No Child Left Behind, and now they are trying to...

    More student achievement deception in Gardner-Edgerton

    Parents in the Gardner-Edgerton school district in Johnson County are being horribly misled about student achievement.  The only question is whether the administration is...