• Innovative schools doing nothing all districts couldn’t do with no evidence of increased student achievement

    Innovative schools doing nothing all districts couldn’t do with no evidence of increased student achievement0

    Q. Is there anything innovative schools are doing that all other non-innovative schools couldn’t also be doing? A. No. Although not a direct quote, that was part of a Q & A discussion between members of the House Education Committee and Coalition of Innovative School District (CISD) chairman Bill Mullins during CISD’s annual report to

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  • State of the State puts students, citizens first

    State of the State puts students, citizens first0

    Governor Brownback’s State of the State address notably emphasized that students and citizens should come first, not government.  That sentiment created a great deal of heartburn for the many legislators and special interests who prefer big tax increases, upwards of $1 billion more in spending and no accountability for schools to improve outcomes but it

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  • Student achievement crisis continues

    Student achievement crisis continues0

    There is an achievement crisis in the Kansas education system that must be reversed if our students are to be prepared for the demands of the dynamic work environments the future promises. The Kansas State Department of Education tells us that in three short years, 71% of jobs in Kansas will require postsecondary education or

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  • School funding formula must start from scratch

    School funding formula must start from scratch0

    Some school officials and legislators may be planning to modify the old school funding formula rather than write a brand new formula in 2017. But if they do, it likely would be found unconstitutional. The Kansas Supreme Court says adequacy of funding “is met when the public education financing system provided by the Legislature for

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  • KC Star scores media bias trifecta

    KC Star scores media bias trifecta0

    The Kansas City Star rang in the New Year with a media bias trifecta in their relentless push for higher taxes and more government spending.  They withheld information that contradicts claims made in the story, chose not to interview anyone who doesn’t believe school funding should increase and they threw in a false claim for

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  • What Trump’s Education Secretary could mean for Kansas school choice

    What Trump’s Education Secretary could mean for Kansas school choice0

    It appears president-elect Trump will not jettison the U.S. Department of Education. Too bad. However, the news is not all discouraging because Mr. Trump has tapped Michigan’s Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Ms. DeVos has a strong record in the area of school choice, having led the charge in her home state’s first school choice

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