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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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Journey of a Superintendent: Kansas Supreme Courts Affirms Equity

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Kansas children and families, reminding us all that education is the cornerstone to the Kansas Constitution and our way of life. The Court ruled that the Kansas Legislature has again failed … 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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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: School Districts Prevail in School Funding Case

Friday, January 11, 2013 was a monumental day for children across the state of Kansas. In a 250-page opinion, a three-judge panel from the Shawnee County District Court ruled that the cuts in school funding made by the Kansas Legislature … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Details Matter in the 65 Percent Debate

The elections are over, and now we hope that dialogue can result in meaningful progress on the challenges we face as a nation, including those right here in Kansas. But some of the rhetoric I hear coming out of Topeka … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: From Graduation to the Courtroom

My nephew rides one of those motorcycles referred to as a pocket rocket. I worry about him as he takes off on this powerful machine, exuberantly pursuing his life’s passions. Will he be careful and make good, sound decisions? Will … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Who Will Speak for Our Children?

This week the Kansas Governor’s office released the framework of a new school finance formula that “increases local control, transparency, accountability, breaks the cycle of litigation, and focuses more resources on the classroom.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? On the surface, … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Providing Funding for a ‘Suitable’ Education

Winter storms mean many sleepless nights for school superintendents and their staffs. Making the decision about whether or not to have school in session brings criticism regardless of the end result. There are always good arguments on both sides. Earlier … Continue reading

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