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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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Diversity is Our Strength

The doors to a new school year have opened. In Kansas City, Kansas, we have such a rich history. A history that began in 1844 when the first public school was built right here in my community, serving white and … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: The Rest of the Story

Some will recall the famous talk radio personality Paul Harvey. Mr. Harvey was known to be a conservative, but nonetheless, through his reporting, he reached people from all perspectives. He had the uncanny ability to tell stories that narrated history … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Is the Value We Place on Education Changing?

I recently began reading Paul Taylor’s The Next Generation. The premise of the book is how swiftly our country is changing. In his book, he wrote, “ . . . the America of the near future will look nothing like … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Celebrating Our Teachers

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week the first full week of May, but teachers, and those who dedicate their lives to education, deserve our thanks, … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Nobody is Going to Make Money by Misusing Our Data

Remember when you were in junior high school, and a friend would come and tell you that someone was spreading lies about you behind your back, saying things that weren’t true? Do you remember how frustrated and angry you would … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: C’Mon Man!

Come on, man! Or as the NFL commentators say, as they show some of the ridiculous and absurd things that star football players do: “C’Mon man!” It is a phrase I think about when I hear all those degrading and demonizing … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Going After Teachers? Really?

Really? That was my first reaction to the tone of what is happening in Kansas right now. Our state is on a path to change what has been a core value in Kansas: that education is a right of every … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Is the Constitution for Some or for All?

The Kansas Constitution – protections for some but not everyone! How can I make such a statement? Well, I just spent four days sitting in a courtroom, hearing the attorney representing our state suggest, imply, and at times directly say … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Pushing for Higher Standards for Our Students

Raymond McNulty with the International Center for Leadership in Education writes of moving from “best practices to next practices” to transform schools. Schools in the United States were once the best in the world. But now we are falling behind … Continue reading

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