Patrick Richardson

Book exposes how the Kansas education bureaucracy works against students

(The Sentinel) – One in three students in Kansas is below grade level in reading and math, but instead of addressing the problem, the bureaucracy…

Teacher suspended over pronouns gets damages and disciplinary action removed

(The Sentinel) – A Fort Riley, Kansas, teacher who was suspended for refusing to use a student’s “preferred pronouns” has reached a settlement agreement with…

Kansas education official insists schools are safe, experts disagree

Kansas State Board of Education Member Jim McNiece, whose district includes Wichita, took issue with a school safety report by Kansas Department of Education officials…

Kansas school districts (mostly) ignore school safety questions in wake of Uvalde report

(The Sentinel) – In the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the Texas Legislature issued a damning report which found “systemic failures”…

Federal Judge blocks Biden transgender rules from taking effect

(The Sentinel) – In at least a temporary victory, a federal judge last week temporarily blocked a Biden administration rule forcing businesses and schools to…

Education doesn’t appear a priority for the nation’s largest teacher union

(The Sentinel) – Last year the top priority of the National Education Association — the nation’s largest teacher’s union — appeared to be implementing the…

Arizona, Virginia expand school choice options

(The Sentinel) – While some Kansas legislators remain unwilling to address parental concern over low and declining student achievement,  the Arizona and Virginia legislatures are…

School districts use ‘go-away’ prices on records requests to avoid transparency

(The Sentinel) – Fox News reports that parents across the country pursuing transparency are being charged exorbitant amounts by school districts in response to requests…

Poll shows majority of residents in four states surveyed support curriculum transparency

(The Sentinel) – According to a new poll provided to The Daily Wire, an overwhelming majority of registered voters in Kansas and three other states…

Kansas’ ‘Value Them Both’ amendment allows regulations but doesn’t ban abortions as opponents imply

(The Sentinel) – Kansans will vote on a constitutional amendment known as Value Them Both on August 2 to determine whether there should be any…

Educational inequality creates economic inequality in Kansas

(The Sentinel) – Kansas ranks in the bottom half of states in educational equality, which an economist says is directly related to the state having…

A Kansas school board implements a Parents Bill of Rights

(The Sentinel) – On June 13, 2022, the Lansing, Kansas, Board of Education did what the Kansas Legislature was unable to do, passing a Parents Bill…

Kansas is #32 in educational ‘racial equality,’ belying officials’ ‘anti-racism’ claims

(The Sentinel) – Kansas is the 32nd-worst state in the nation for racial equality, showing once again school officials’ alleged devotion to ending racism and discrimination…

Eudora girl forced to share a bed with biological male on school-sponsored overseas trip

(The Sentinel) – On a school trip to Costa Rica earlier this month, three female high school students in the Eudora school district were assigned…

Geary County teacher Pamela Ricard wins partial victory in pronoun lawsuit

(The Sentinel) – Geary County teacher Pamela Ricard has won an initial victory in her lawsuit against her school district’s pronoun policy. On Tuesday, a…

Grades are in for Kansas schools: just one A, but 80 Fs

Only 8% of public schools earned an “A” or a “B,” compared to 40% of private schools.

Kansas House passes needs assessment, other education reforms

(The Sentinel) – For years many school districts across Kansas have likely ignored a state law requiring an annual building needs assessment designed to improve student…

Kansas Senate passes ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

(The Sentinel) –  The “Parents Bill of Rights” and school curriculum transparency legislation passed the Kansas Senate Tuesday 24-15. However the bill – SB496 –…

Emporia school board member sends police after parents

A member of the Emporia Board of Education allegedly attempted to have a member of the public arrested after disagreements over her votes on school…