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  • Education is still (for now) not a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution

    Education is still (for now) not a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution0

    The disposition of a noteworthy education-related court case has gone virtually unnoticed in the fog of the pandemic. In Gary B. v Snyder, a case concerning Detroit Public Schools (DPS), the question of whether education is a constitutional right, protected under the Fourteenth Amendment, was once again put to the test. Fortunately, through a convoluted

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  • Public education a recession-proof industry

    Public education a recession-proof industry0

    Amidst all the attention over when and how schools reopen, one topic has been overlooked. In an economy that has been decimated with unemployment in the wake of COVID-19, those in the education community have escaped facing the same economic reality as many of their patrons. Buoyed by federal dollars through the CARES Act and

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  • State’s competency-based education plan doomed to be a non-starter

    State’s competency-based education plan doomed to be a non-starter0

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, KSDE has developed a 1,190-page document (yes, 1,190 pages!) –Navigating Change: KANSAS’ GUIDE TO LEARNING AND SCHOOL SAFETY OPERATIONS – to assist school districts in reopening this fall. The “guidance document” features a competency-based approach that schools may choose to adopt. From the discussions among those involved one would

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  • Who’s really in charge of how schools will reopen?

    Who’s really in charge of how schools will reopen?0

    The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has opened a can of worms and left Johnson County students and parents wondering how schools will reopen and what the beginning of the school year will look like. The JCDHE director, Samni Areola,  released recommendations for schools to follow as far as in-person and remote

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