Tag Archives: Kansas

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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Do the Right Thing, Dagnabbit!

“We need to start paying attention to the unfunded stuff and stop worry about the funded stuff.” — Dr. Christopher Thornberg, economist So many tragic events call into question whether we are paying attention to things that matter. Consider the … Continue reading

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Gutsy

My grandfather was a large imposing man. At least that is what I was told. By day, he was a fisherman; in the evenings, he was a boxer.   I grew up hearing stories about this quiet man. He was determined … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Testifying Before the House Education Committee

On Tuesday, January 24, I will testify before the Kansas House Education Committee. Here is the message that I plan to share . . . Testimony to the Kansas House Education Committee The story of the Kansas City, Kansas Public … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Reflections of the School Year

(The following letter of thanks and praise was sent out to all staff on the last day of school, June 1, 2011.) As we come to the end of my first year as your superintendent, I wanted to take a … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: It’s Storming

I have previously shared my thoughts in this space about the goodness of humankind. I have long held the belief that at the end of the day, those of us who commit to believing in human goodness will win out … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Celebrating American Education Week

This is the week we celebrate American Education Week. I can’t help but notice the irony in writing about our nation celebrating education. We live in a society that loves to sensationalize the not so positive – a world where … Continue reading

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