“The Wrong Stuff”- new school redesign project should be “deep spaced”

David DorseyEducation

You have to hand it to Education Commissioner Randy Watson, he knows how to get people excited about something. His latest promotional venture is called the Kansans Can School Redesign project and the first seven school districts selected to participate were named at the August state board meeting. Why seven? Because Commissioner Watson is making the redesign project analogous to … Read More

Blue Ribbon task force on teacher supply and retention – an exercise in missed opportunities

David DorseyEducation

A state-wide task force charged to study teacher vacancies and a looming supply shortage in Kansas presented its report to the State Board of Education earlier this month. What could have been an opportunity to raise probing and difficult questions was wasted on a report full of fragmented recommendations that appear to be more self-serving than dealing with the underlying … Read More