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Kansas school board delays decision on transgender policy

(The Sentinel) – Approval of a transgender policy on restrooms and other issues at Gardner-Edgerton USD 231 will be delayed for at least a month…

Kansas school superintendent, board president silence parents upset by transgender issue

(The Sentinel) – USD 491 Eudora superintendent Stu Moeckel and school board president Mark Chrislip denied parents’ requests to address the board about mistreating a…

Kansas superintendent, school board face backlash over lack of transparency

(The Sentinel) – It’s been a summer of discontent among Louisburg USD 416 patrons over recent actions by its superintendent and school board with accusations…

Kansas school district rejects plan promoting ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ agenda

(The Sentinel) – The Derby USD 260 school board narrowly rejected a proposed five-year strategic plan for the district because opponents objected to what they…

Kansas athletic association seeks ‘fairness’ for public schools, but not for biological girls

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas Board of Education will consider a recommendation approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) to effectively penalize…

Two incumbents ousted in Kansas State Board of Education primaries

(The Sentinel) – Two newcomers won seats on the Kansas State Board of Education in Republican primaries, each defeating an incumbent. In District 5, Cathy…

Kansas legislators: State board must get honest about education failures, like Gov. Youngkin in Virginia

(The Sentinel) – Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s bleak but refreshingly honest end-of-the-school-year report on K-12 education in the commonwealth focused on many of the issues facing…

Kansas mom delivers scathing indictment of her large school district’s dyslexia services

(The Sentinel) – Olathe mom Amanda Thompson, frustrated by what she saw as the Olathe School District’s inability to improve her children’s dyslexia and achievement…

Three challengers take on incumbents in Kansas State Board of Education primaries

(The Sentinel) – The August primary will feature three Republican incumbent members of the Kansas State Board of Education squaring off against opponents. There are…

Five myths about school officials’ attempt to excuse low student achievement in Kansas

(The Sentinel) – The recent report from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) on K-12 student assessment entitled Understanding State Assessment Data is rife…

Kansas mom spearheads petition for right to speak at public meetings

(The Sentinel) – An online petition is proposing to amend the Kansas Open Meetings Act to require all meetings of public bodies and agencies, particularly school…

Parents raise concerns about Kansas middle school theatre teacher

(The Sentinel) – Controversy swirled around Basehor-Linwood Middle School Reading/Theatre instructor Sarah Homan at the school year’s end, as several parents with children under her…

KNEA mum on achievement declines suffered with remote learning

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas National Education Association won’t comment on a Harvard University study that shows student achievement declined with remote learning during the…

Open Enrollment, other education reforms signed into law by Kansas governor

(The Sentinel) – Beginning in 2024, open enrollment will permit any Kansas student to transfer schools, based on the receiving school’s capacity, following Governor Laura…

NCTQ: Teacher training in Kansas lacks math commitment

(The Sentinel) – A nationwide study of 1,100 elementary teacher training programs, including 16 in Kansas, shows more than 20% fail to provide adequate instruction…

Olathe rewards superintendent Yeager for DEI, not academic improvement

(The Sentinel) – USD 233 Olathe Superintendent Dr. Brent Yeager can earn a $25,000 annual bonus for implementing the school board’s diversity and other objectives,…

Prosecutor considers election bribery charge against Hays superintendent

(The Sentinel) – Ellis County Attorney Robert Anderson, Jr. is reviewing the results of an investigation into election bribery by Hays USD 489 Superintendent Ron…

Ohio mom prevails in free speech case over local school board

(The Sentinel) – An Ohio mother filed a free speech lawsuit in federal court against her school board after being ordered to “zip it” by…

KSHSAA competitive balance effort for schools, not biological girls

(The Sentinel) – The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) allows transgender biological males to compete against biological girls, but it draws the line…

Masterson vows override efforts on Kansas Parents’ Bill of Rights, fairness

(The Sentinel) – Senate President Ty Masterson criticized Gov. Laura Kelly’s vetoes of the Parents’ Bill of Rights, Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, and a…

Study: Masks get failing grade in keeping kids in school

A study of the nation’s 500 largest school districts indicates that masking children in school had the opposite effect that proponents hoped — children in masked districts…

Open Enrollment bill narrowly approved in Kansas House

(The Sentinel) – Kansas K-12 students will be able to transfer and attend any school district in the state, depending on capacity limitations, under a…

Kansas school district rejects parents’ concerns over inappropriate library books

(The Sentinel) – The USD 450 Shawnee Heights school district has twice rejected parents’ concern that their children are exposed to pornography and other objectionable content…

Remedial Ed audit finds systemic deficiencies in KS school system

(The Sentinel) – A recently released state audit disclosed that about a third of Kansas high school graduates took at least one remedial course in college. …

18 Kansas teachers pledge to teach CRT tenets

(The Sentinel) – Against a backdrop of curriculum transparency and Parents Bill of Rights legislation, comes a reminder that 18 Kansas teachers signed a pledge…