• Rethinking Education Tomorrow

    Rethinking Education Tomorrow0

    Independence Community College recently hosted a TEDx event and I was honored to be an invited speaker.  TEDx Programs are created in the spirit of TED‘s mission, “ideas worth spreading” and are designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. “Rethinking  Education Tomorrow Starts with Understanding Outcomes

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  • Gannon school funding litigation – a summary of decisions and KPI responses

    Gannon school funding litigation – a summary of decisions and KPI responses0

    The recent Supreme Court decision that ordered the Legislature to address what the Court considers inequities in education funding is the latest in a series of court decisions since the Gannon lawsuit was filed during the waning days of the Sebelius/Parkinson administration in November of 2010. The following is a chronological capsulized summary of those

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  • USD 259 Wichita misleads on administration spending

    USD 259 Wichita misleads on administration spending0

    KWCH-TV in Wichita may have intended to do a thorough examination of Wichita schools’ administration spending, but false information and failure to challenge district claims left viewers with the misleading impression that the district has done all it can to reduce administrative spending.  Aside from brief comments by two legislators with opposing views, the story

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  • Don’t let the courts close schools

    Don’t let the courts close schools0

    The rhetoric must stop.  Now.  Nothing is accomplished by the Supreme Court threatening to close schools because a tiny piece of funding isn’t allocated as the Court prefers, or by legislators vowing to stand firm against judicial bullying.  In the meanwhile, almost a half million students are threatened with loss of their constitutional right to

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  • Supreme Court contradicts itself, defies constitution in equity ruling

    Supreme Court contradicts itself, defies constitution in equity ruling0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s March 2014 ruling on school funding was a thoughtful, student-focused approach.  They said outcomes matter most in determining adequacy, all funding sources (including KPERS) should be considered and said the cost study upon which Montoy and the lower court’s Gannon rulings were based is “more akin to estimates” than certainties.  Since

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  • Taking a closer look at telling the feds they can keep their education dollars

    Taking a closer look at telling the feds they can keep their education dollars0

    This recent post detailed the latest usurpation of local control by the federal government. It concluded by posing this question: Could Kansas, in an attempt to regain local control, tell the feds we will no longer participate in their programs and that they can keep their money? The purpose here is to investigate the potential

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