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Are we closer to solving the Kansas School Funding Crisis?

Funding for public schools in Kansas has been the subject of litigation for more than three decades.  The issues are both simple and complex.  Citizens in Kansas recognized the critical importance of education to achieving a quality life, and in … Continue reading

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“To everything, there is a season…”

In recent months, the words “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” have brought me both comfort and a sense of sadness as I face a time in my life of transition. … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Just before winter break, the Clay Blair Family Foundation came together with our health and wellness partners – CBIZ, Benefits Direct, Garmin, and Guardian – to provide every Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) employee with a Garmin® Vivofit® 3, … Continue reading

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“This Is Not Right…”

“This Is Not Right…” It was, at once, an expression of grief, a plea for help, a cry of desperation, from a young woman who had no other words to express the pain and anguish she was feeling. Her friend … Continue reading

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Board of Education Election Results

On November 7, 2017, voters in Kansas City, Kansas elected four new members to the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education, and reelected one current member. The new members are: Harold Brown – Businessman and foster parent Maxine Drew – … Continue reading

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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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