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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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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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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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Teacher Appreciation Week

Years from now, our students may forget what we have said, but they will not forget the way we make them feel. Our students carry forward the impressions left by educators with them for a lifetime. Educators in Kansas City, … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Time to Reflect

One of my favorite children’s books is Shel Silverstein’s, “The Giving Tree.” The story begins… “Once there was a tree… and she loved a little boy.” Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing … 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: Reflections

Today, we remember a significant milestone in our nation’s history. Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousand of citizens participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I hope that every classroom in KCKPS and across the country … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Reflecting Back on the Year

June is coming to a close and for school administrators that means reflecting on the school year that just passed while preparing for the opening of a new school year. It was a great year for the Kansas City, Kansas … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Voices of Our Youth

This has been an extraordinary week in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools! It began when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that Bobbi Jay-Nay Lowery, a senior at F.L. Schlagle High School, was one of only 1,000 students … Continue reading

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