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  • KASB report is a misunderstanding of state assessment data

    KASB report is a misunderstanding of state assessment data0

    An April 2022 report published by the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) entitled Understanding State Assessment Data, goes to great lengths to rationalize low and declining state assessment scores. The fifteen-page document can be divided into five categories of rationalizations that the unacceptably dismal state assessment scores are just fine: standards public vs. private

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  • Open enrollment law hardly destroys “representative government”

    Open enrollment law hardly destroys “representative government”0

    Hyperbolic claims by elected officials are not new to the world of politics. We are all used to office holders making claims that leave us scratching our collective heads. But a recent statement made by Kansas Board of Education member Michelle Dombrosky takes hyperbole, as the saying goes, “to the next level.” Reacting to legislation

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  • Inflation-adjusted school funding +52%, teacher pay down 9%

    Inflation-adjusted school funding +52%, teacher pay down 9%0

    Allegations of low teacher pay is used to urge legislators for more funding, but money is not the problem or the answer.  (For the record, Kansas was #38 in 2019, but adjusted for the cost of living, Kansas was #15). Data from the National Center for Education Statistics, which come from local school districts, show

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