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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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Journey of a Superintendent: The ABCs of School Finance

Last month in my blog, I was celebrating the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of public schools and Kansas kids. It was the latest court decision in the Gannon vs. State of Kansas school funding lawsuit. The court found … 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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Journey of a Superintendent: The Real Thing

I grew up surrounded by brothers who always had loud cars and were NASCAR fans. I am sure their influence is why I love the sound of big engines. My first car didn’t have a big engine, but it had … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Education – A Right, or Just Rhetoric?

Growing up in Kansas, my family, as perhaps many of your families, has long held the belief that a quality education system is a fundamental right we expect as Americans. A right that we have never taken for granted, but … 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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