July 21, 2024

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Tag: Shawnee Mission

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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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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SMSD used $4 million extra at-risk state aid to boost SPED cash reserves

The Kansas Legislature provides over $500 million of at-risk funding to deliver services to students at risk of academic failure.[i] …

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SMSD dodges questions about transgender policy

The Shawnee Mission School District has declined to answer questions about its “Transgender Practices & FAQ,” a document obtained by…

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Records request backs up SMSD teacher’s complaints about DEI

The results of a Kansas Open Records Act request to the Shawnee Mission School District back up several of the…

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Shawnee Mission teacher shines light on divisive ‘diversity’ training

A Shawnee Mission teacher has blown the doors wide open regarding the indoctrination her district is foisting on children in…

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USD 512 DEI administrator Tyrone Bates resigns; silent on his effect on student achievement

Shawnee Mission School District has announced that Dr. Tyrone Bates, Jr., is resigning effective at the end of this school…

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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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SMSD considers revoking mask-optional policy on Jan. 3

The Shawnee Mission school district (SMSD) has called an emergency board meeting on January 3 at 5 pm to discuss…

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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…

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Video exposes Deep Equity critical race theory indoctrination

The Shawnee Mission school district insists that it doesn’t use critical race theory training, but a new video provides a…

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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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Some local officials won’t be honest about property tax

Local officials not being honest about property tax was the impetus for the new Truth in Taxation Act, and some…

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Mask mandates increase voter support for parental choice

Masks are doing for school choice what years of advocacy has not: Increasing Democratic support for parental choice. That’s according…

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Shawnee Mission requires masks for elementary kids

Elementary students and staff in Shawnee Mission schools are required to wear masks this fall but masks are just “highly…

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More disclosure of SMSD’s Deep Equity / CRT indoctrination

A Sentinel report earlier this month on Shawnee Mission spending $400,000 on Deep Equity / critical race theory indoctrination drew…

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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…

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KSDE denial of critical race theory is just another fairy tale

The rapidly growing backlash against critical race theory yesterday prompted the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) to deny that CRT…

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SMSD, board president Heather Ousley attempt to stifle speech

Shawnee Mission school board of education, led by President Heather Ousley, made several attempts to stifle speech at the May…

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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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KS education lobby attacks opportunity – Part 2, SMSD

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is part of the education lobby that is attacking opportunity for students who are…

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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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School districts suing Juul can’t document vaping incidents

More Kansas school districts are suing vaping manufacturers Juul, but some can’t document the number of vaping incidents that occurred…

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