• KSDE’s Kansans Can awards are mostly participation ribbons

    KSDE’s Kansans Can awards are mostly participation ribbons0

    For the past several decades, schools have been (accurately) accused and rightfully chastised for practicing an “everybody wins!” approach to any kind of competition and academic achievement. At the very least, all “competitors” receive participation ribbons, as an indicator that, indeed, everybody wins. The 2020 Kansans Can awards, announced at the August state board meeting

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  • KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures

    KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures0

    “The art of a magician is not found in the simple deception, but in what surrounds it, the construction of a reality which supports the illusion.”   This quote from Jim Steinmeyer, a designer of magical illusions, nicely describes the Kansas Department of Education’s so-called ‘success’ tour.  I attended the Olathe session last week, which

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  • Kansas Title I program has not improved low-income student achievement

    Kansas Title I program has not improved low-income student achievement0

    The Biden administration proposes to spend billions more on the federal Title I instructional program, but given the program’s history, the massive increase will likely not improve achievement of the low-income students – including those here in Kansas – Title I was designed to help. This article will show that Title I, despite providing annually

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  • Proposed increased federal education spending won’t help kids

    Proposed increased federal education spending won’t help kids0

    Flying under the radar, obscured by the hot-button issue of multi-trillion dollar “infrastructure” bills and a newly energized COVID concern, is a proposed increase by the Biden administration to more than double the largest federal education instructional program. Title I, as the program is commonly known, was established in 1965 “to support school districts in

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  • State Board of Education pulls a ‘Sgt. Schultz’ on critical race theory

    State Board of Education pulls a ‘Sgt. Schultz’ on critical race theory0

    On the old sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, Sgt. Schultz often became aware that the Americans in the German prisoner-of-war camp were secretly running an anti-German operation.  But instead of reporting the violations, he would declare, “I see nothing! I hear nothing!  I know nothing!” The Kansas State Board of Education and the Kansas Department of Education

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  • NEA pledges $127K to promote critical race theory

    NEA pledges $127K to promote critical race theory0

    Just when you thought the controversy over teaching critical race theory couldn’t get more controversial, the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA) upped the ante. At their annual meeting last month, the NEA adopted New Business Item 39, a 432-word mini-manifesto that pushes the deranged notion that the teaching of the history

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