• Senator Kelly misleads on school property taxes

    Senator Kelly misleads on school property taxes5

    A proposal to drive student achievement AND lower property taxes statewide was deemed “dead on arrival” by a state legislator who seems uninterested in the plight of low income children who are two to three years’  worth of learning behind their more affluent peers. Senator Laura Kelly (D-Topeka) told KCUR Radio that she and other

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  • Amend the Constitution to protect students

    Amend the Constitution to protect students0

    It’s hard to imagine that any court would threaten to violate students’ constitutional right to education by closing schools over a tiny funding dispute, but that’s the bizarre reality we face in Kansas.  Since statutory prohibition of school closure as set forth in K.S.A. 60-2106(d) and K.S.A. 72-64b03(b) is obviously insufficient to deter the Supreme

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  • 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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  • 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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