• Kansans Can – hardly an “ambitious overhaul of Kansas schools”

    Kansans Can – hardly an “ambitious overhaul of Kansas schools”0

    The Kansas City Star published an article entitled “High grad rates, flat test scores: Is an ambitious overhaul of Kansas schools working?” In the piece the authors claim that KSDE’s signature initiative, Kansans Can– now five years into implementation – is “transforming education across the state.” Is Kansans Can really “transforming” Kansas schools? No. The

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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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  • Parental choice answers controversies in public education

    Parental choice answers controversies in public education0

    To say public education has been beset with controversies over the last year is an understatement. Reopening of schools witnessed major conflict and change. To wit: in-person education versus distance learning. the hybrid model – how much of in-person/distance learning. kids wearing masks – Yes? No? Kinda? social distancing – how do you do that?

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  • Kansas, just say no to feds push to teach critical race theory

    Kansas, just say no to feds push to teach critical race theory0

    The U.S. Department of Education has published a proposed rule in support of a grant program that would give money to schools that incorporate critical race theory in teaching American history.  Specifically, the feds are looking for history teachings “That Incorporate Racially, Ethnically, Culturally, and Linguistically into Teaching and Learning.” Joe Biden’s education department is

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  • The time is now to overhaul the K-12 at-risk program

    The time is now to overhaul the K-12 at-risk program0

    The focus of schools should be on student achievement and now is the time for a K-12 at-risk program model that does just that. The new model has three basic components: (1) programmatic, (2) financial, and (3) accountability/oversight. Why is the new approach necessary? Since its inception in 1992, the Kansas K-12 at-risk program has

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  • Despite promises, the Biden presidency will have little effect on K-12 education

    Despite promises, the Biden presidency will have little effect on K-12 education0

    Don’t look for much impact on K-12 education when the new administration is ushered in. Why? First and foremost, public education is a state and local function. There is no mention of education in the U.S. Constitution nor any of the amendments pursuant. It was not until 1965 that there was any comprehensive federal education

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