• 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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  • School cash reserves set new record at $2.3 billion

    School cash reserves set new record at $2.3 billion0

    In yet another affront to students and taxpayers, school districts increased cash reserves by $107 million last year, setting a new record of $2.3 billion.  The largest portion, operating cash reserves, increased from $942 million to $998 million.  Cash set aside for debt payments went from $605 million to $649 million, capital outlay reserves increasedREAD MORE
  • 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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  • KSDE awards $30 million to KU to perpetuate low achievement

    KSDE awards $30 million to KU to perpetuate low achievement0

    The Kansas Department of Education recently gave KU a 5-year, $30 million contract to help KSDE perpetuate abysmally low student achievement in Kansas.   OK, that’s not exactly the way the deal is described in the University of Kansas press release, but it’s an honest reflection of history and another example of students getting the short

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