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  • KC Star article misses mark on “teacher shortage”

    KC Star article misses mark on “teacher shortage”0

    It wouldn’t be a new school year without the news media running another story that there is a teacher shortage. The Kansas City Star went as far as sounding it at crisis level by headlining a story that the shortage of teachers in the Kansas City area “forces…more unqualified teachers in the classrooms.” The truth

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  • New report provides more evidence that Kansas education is not Top 10

    New report provides more evidence that Kansas education is not Top 100

    Kansas education performance is somewhere in the middle – not Top 10 – of a nation that shows generally mediocre performance. This finding largely repeats that of last year and comes from the 2019 Quality Counts annual report and state rankings from Education Week. It is not good news for Kansas students or residents. Regarding

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  • With no accountability, Gannon plaintiffs prioritize non-Instruction hiring

    With no accountability, Gannon plaintiffs prioritize non-Instruction hiring0

    After suing taxpayers for more than $1 billion on the premise that funding wasn’t adequate to educate students, the four plaintiff districts collectively allocated just 15% of their new hires last year to teachers, teacher aides, and special education paras. USD 500 Kansas City was the worst offender, eliminating 32 classroom positions while added 253

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  • College remediation rates improving, but still too high

    College remediation rates improving, but still too high0

    There’s good news and bad news regarding the number of recent high school grads who enter Kansas colleges and universities and find themselves having to take a developmental (remediation) course. The good news is that the percentage of those students seems to be ticking downward. The bad news is that still about one-quarter of all

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