May 20, 2024

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Tag: Olathe

USD 233 Olathe surrenders records after nearly a month of obfuscations and denials

After weeks of back and forth reminiscent of a Franz Kafka novel, USS 233 Olathe finally sent the records they…

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Judge orders Olathe school board to pay $259k legal fees for plaintiff in 1st Amendment case

Federal District Court Judge Holly Teeter on April 4 ordered the Olathe school board to pay Jennifer Gilmore’s attorney, Linus Baker,…

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Some districts still refuse to notify parents of ‘social transitioning’ transgender students

Last week, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach accused several large school districts in the state of violating parental notification requirements…

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Gilmore wins 1st Amendment case against Olathe school board member

In a victory for free speech rights, a federal jury recently sided with Olathe resident Jennifer Gilmore who was removed…

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Race-based, income-based achievement gaps widen in Johnson County

Achievement gaps in math and English Language Arts are worse for minorities and low-income students in the three largest school…

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Education officials top the 2022 KPERS ‘millionaires’ list

Data provided by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System shows Kansas has 3,778 KPERS ‘millionaires’ – state and local government…

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Freedom to Learn KS PAC doesn’t want parents to learn the truth about achievement

A panel discussion hosted last week by the Freedom to Learn Kansas Political Action Committee serves as another reminder that…

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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…

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Open Enrollment, other education reforms signed into law by governor

Beginning in 2024, open enrollment will permit any Kansas student to transfer schools, based on the receiving school’s capacity, following…

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Study: Masks get failing grade in keeping kids in school

A study of the nation’s 500 largest school districts indicates that masking children in school had the opposite effect that…

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Open Enrollment bill narrowly approved in House

Kansas K-12 students will be able to transfer and attend any school district in the state, depending on capacity limitations,…

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JoCo officials setting residents up for a big property tax hike

Johnson County officials appear to be setting their residents up for a major property tax hike this year.  Most residential…

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ONEA opposes parental notification on gender pronouns

ONEA, the Olathe chapter of the NEA teacher union, says parents should not be notified that their children wish to…

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Olathe super continues dodging questions about DEI, 1619 Project

Olathe school officials last year said they purged the school website of DEI resources and links, but the widely-debunked 1619…

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Blue Valley, Olathe: open enrollment brings undesirable students

School officials’ rejection of an open enrollment bill in the Kansas legislature offers a rare glimpse of an elitist attitude…

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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…

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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…

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Overland Park’s lower mill rate doesn’t equate to efficiency

Several Overland Park city council members last week justified voting for a 10% property tax increase by noting that their…

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Olathe proposes 9% property tax hike despite $97 million in reserve

The Olathe proposed 2022 budget includes $97 million remaining in reserves in funds that receive property tax, a 9% increase…

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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…

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Eye-opening 2020 pay increases for some JoCo employees

The COVID pandemic was tough on everyone, but the 2020 pay increases for some Johnson County government workers were pretty…

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Johnson Co. helps school districts mislead on quarantine letters

When a Johnson county student is thought to be exposed to someone with COVID, parents get quarantine letters from the…

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De Soto students headed back to in-person learning Feb. 1

Middle and high school students in the De Soto School District return to full-time, in-person learning on Feb. 1.  That…

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Kansas schools continue to issue bogus quarantine orders

The Blue Valley and Olathe school districts aren’t the only ones deliberately deceiving parents with bogus quarantine orders that are…

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