Dave Trabert

Kansas school official’s wife was paid $41,000 in overtime

(The Sentinel) – Last week, the Sentinel reported that Beth Schutte, a school nurse in USD 261 Haysville, was paid $126,000 last year. The district didn’t respond to…

Kansas school nurse married to district official made $126,000 last year

(The Sentinel) – A school nurse in USD 261 Haysville was the fifth-highest-paid employee in the district last year, paid over $126,000.  That is more…

2022 pay increases for some school administrators dwarf teacher pay in Kansas

(The Sentinel) – The average teacher pay increased by 4.3% (contracted base salary) in the 2022 school year, but some administrators received much larger increases. Wichita…

Kansans give the public school system a ‘C’; biggest concern is ‘indoctrination’

(The Sentinel) – Not quite a year ago, Kansans gave the public school system in their district a pre-pandemic grade of ‘B’ (GPA 2.8) in…

Former Kansas state senator isn’t telling the truth about school funding

(The Sentinel) – Sir Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants…

Kansas’ Ed department wants to divert classroom dollars to lobbying efforts by the Kansas Association of School Boards

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas Department of Education purports to be a “dedicated service agency” that provides leadership, resources, and support. But like its claim…

Kansas publication aids and abets student achievement cover-up

(The Sentinel) – It’s bad enough that there are more high school students below grade level in Kansas than are proficient. But media aiding and…

Blue Valley substitute teacher laments decline in academic emphasis

(The Sentinel) – Amid a growing chorus of parents expressing concerns about academic declines and exposing children to objectionable gender and race indoctrination comes an…

Biden: no lunch for poor kids unless schools allow boys in the girls’ restrooms

(The Sentinel) – Just when you think Washington can’t stoop any lower, the Biden administration says it will withhold funding for lunch for poor kids…

Graduation task force ignores the low-achievement elephant in the room

(The Sentinel) – Faced with an enormous student achievement problem, the Kansas State Board of Education is taking the very predictable bureaucratic approach of creating…

County prosecutor won’t take election bribery case against superintendent

(The Sentinel) – The Ellis County Attorney’s decision to not prosecute election bribery signals that the trend of picking and choosing which crimes to prosecute…

Taxpayer exposes Olathe school board president’s bullying, misinformation tactics

(The Sentinel) – The Olathe school district says it won’t tolerate bullying and harmful behavior, which should also apply to school board members. But school…

Education officials top the 2021 KPERS ‘millionaires’ list

(The Sentinel) – Data provided by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System shows Kansas has 3,349 KPERS ‘millionaires’ – state and local government retirees who…

SMSD justifies transgender discussions with kindergarteners

(The Sentinel) – A PTA meeting for Trailwood Elementary in the Shawnee Mission school district disclosed the district’s rationale for discussing transgender and sex issues…

Topeka super Tiffany Anderson misleads parents on student achievement

(The Sentinel) – To hear Topeka Superintendent Tiffany Anderson talk about student achievement in her district, you would think it is pretty good overall. But as…