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The Clock Is Running

The most recent Supreme Court ruling on school finance affirmed, once again, that the system to fund public education in Kansas remains unconstitutional. I have been intimately involved in advocating for equitable and adequate school funding for years, and I … Continue reading

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Success Is Only Rented, and the Rent Is Past Due!

Today the Supreme Court of Kansas issued its ruling in the school funding case known as Gannon v. State of Kansas. This latest ruling, known as Gannon V, is one in a long line of court cases that have embroiled … Continue reading

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Change and Progress

The change of seasons always has me thinking about change. Isn’t it interesting how time seemed to move slowly when we were kids, and as we get a few miles behind us, nearly everything seems to be changing rapidly? I … Continue reading

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Dreamers, We Stand With You!

I don’t know any other way to say this: When I heard that the administration planned to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed almost a million young people who came to the United States without … Continue reading

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Tapestry of Cultures

We opened the doors to a new school year on August 11. As I visited schools to greet our students, I was once again reminded of the rich diversity that is our community. The faces of our students represent the … Continue reading

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Equitable and Adequate School Funding

I received this photograph from Alan, a colleague who, like many of us, has spent decades advocating for equitable and adequate funding for Kansas schools. Apparently, the Mayan people of Chichen Itza, Mexico found it entertaining to watch “athletes” transcend … Continue reading

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Take the Stairs

Recently I was clicking through the local news channels, and happened upon the end of a report featuring an event where a large number of determined individuals walked or ran more than 800 steps to reach the top of one … Continue reading

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Hobson’s Choice

I imagine that people who have never visited Kansas might have a narrow view of who we are. When you say “Kansas,” some people probably envision cowboys, cattle, and fields of crops as far as the eye can see. If … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Stand in the Light

There are moments in life that affirm my belief that if you stay true to your principles, good things will happen.  I have learned that many times, just when it seems that disappointment and darkness will win the day, something … Continue reading

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Personal Sacrifice

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver shared an experience as a young man that resulted in a powerful lesson for him. The tradition in Rev. Cleaver’s family was that washing dishes following dinner was rotated among his siblings. His number came up on … Continue reading

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