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Hobson’s Choice

I imagine that people who have never visited Kansas might have a narrow view of who we are. When you say “Kansas,” some people probably envision cowboys, cattle, and fields of crops as far as the eye can see. If … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader?

Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader? Seriously? Well this well-seasoned lady is faster than some of our 5th graders. The winner of our two-mile race this year was a speedy young man from M.E. Pearson Elementary School. He finished … 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: 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: 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: It’s an Amazing Time in KCK

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is truly on a journey. Our destination is a place where every student graduates fully prepared for college and careers. You know, when you’re traveling and you have a fabulous destination in mind, and … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: What a Summer Vacation!

“Summer time and the living is easy!” It certainly has been summer here in KCK, but our staff have been doing anything but living easy. Unless by living easy you mean putting the pedal to the metal and getting in … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: A Time for Thanks and Reflection

As we enter the holiday season, I want to wish each of you peace, joy, and the love of the season. I am so grateful every day for the hard work, commitment, and tenacity of our teachers, principals, and support … 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: Aim High. Choose Excellence. No Excuses.

“Aim High. Choose Excellence. No Excuses.” There is so much discussion in the media and on the national level about the quality of public schools. I often read or hear comments from critics suggesting that public schools are not succeeding. … Continue reading

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