• Blue Valley high schools top Niche state rankings

    Blue Valley high schools top Niche state rankings0

    The five Blue Valley high schools (USD 229) topped the latest public high school rankings from Niche.  Blue Valley North earned the top spot, followed by Blue Valley High, Blue Valley West, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley Southwest. On the private schools side, Wichita Collegiate is ranked number one followed by Bishop Seabury Academy

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  • KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures

    KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures0

    “The art of a magician is not found in the simple deception, but in what surrounds it, the construction of a reality which supports the illusion.”   This quote from Jim Steinmeyer, a designer of magical illusions, nicely describes the Kansas Department of Education’s so-called ‘success’ tour.  I attended the Olathe session last week, which

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  • Kansas Title I program has not improved low-income student achievement

    Kansas Title I program has not improved low-income student achievement0

    The Biden administration proposes to spend billions more on the federal Title I instructional program, but given the program’s history, the massive increase will likely not improve achievement of the low-income students – including those here in Kansas – Title I was designed to help. This article will show that Title I, despite providing annually

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  • Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance

    Don’t expect federal COVID money to improve student performance0

    It’s hard to believe the claim by KSDE that the second round of federal COVID relief funding – $830 million – to school districts will be used to change the way schools do business in the Sunflower State. In the required spending plan filed with the feds for receiving the additional funding, KSDE states: existing

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  • Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck

    Kansas is #38 in bang for the educational buck0

    Contrary to unsubstantiated claims by some education officials, Kansas has very low student achievement productivity, ranking #38 among the states.  Education lobbyists insist that Kansas has very high achievement and gets more bang-for-the-buck than any high-achieving state, but the facts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the U.S. Census show differently. A dollar

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  • Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists

    Choice benefits kids in Florida, Indiana, and Arizona while Kansas resists0

    While Indiana is busy expanding school choice eligibility from 37,000 to 48,000 students, Kansas legislators are resisting even slight changes to existing school choice programs. What’s more, a Wall Street Journal editorial recently congratulated Indiana “for its leadership in establishing one of America’s most ambitious school voucher programs,” after the legislature expanded its primary school

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