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    New Shawnee TIF: no developer but less money for schools

    The Shawnee City Council has approved a new approach to Tax Increment Financing (TIF), one that doesn’t come with a developer attached, at least...

    Haysville school official’s wife was paid $41,000 in overtime

    Last week, the Sentinel reported that Beth Schutte, a school nurse in USD 261 Haysville, was paid $126,000 last year.  The district didn’t respond...

    Kansas Open Records exemption allows elected officials to avoid scrutiny

    Changes to the Kansas Open Records Act intended to close a loophole preventing the use of private emails to circumvent records retention appears to...

    KS K-12 spending ranked #11, but ‘bang for the buck’ falls...

    Public school spending and student achievement in Kansas resemble an escalator; one side (spending) goes up, and the other (achievement) goes down. That’s the...

    KS education establishment out of touch with parents, student needs

    The education establishment in Kansas appears to remain remarkably out of step with parents' and students' needs. While polling in Kansas indicates parents overwhelmingly believe...

    Lansing parent addresses BOE with content, curriculum concerns

    Kirsten Workman, who withdrew her daughter from high school English class over her concerns its content focused more on Critical Race Theory, gender issues,...

    State BOE recommends districts shed Native American mascots

    The Kansas State Board of Education (BOE) issued a “strong recommendation” to districts to discontinue their use of Native American mascots and logos in...

    Kansas parents explain the homeschooling surge

    K-12 schools in Kansas have lost more than 10,000 students since the beginning of the pandemic, and homeschooling registrations have more than tripled during...

    A culture emphasizing academic improvement drives scores higher in USD 329...

    Optimism, determination, accountability, respect. Those are integral elements of the culture at the Wabaunsee school district, and it shows in test scores and in...

    Gardner-Edgerton BOE approves transgender policy

    After months of contentious debate and with emotional testimony from the public in front of standing-room-only crowds, the Gardner-Edgerton Board of Education approved sweeping...

    Senator calls for removal of DCF chief after second child dies...

    Following the second death this year of a child in the custody of the Department for Children and Families, Johnson County Senator Molly Baumgardner...

    Soros contributions run counter to governor’s middle-of-the-road claims

    Governor Laura Kelly’s acceptance of the maximum contribution from George Soros family members may have voters questioning her oft-repeated phrase this campaign season that...