Patrick Richardson

Kansas legislature considers bill to modify sports competition between public and private schools

(The Sentinel) – Last year, the Kansas State High School Athletics Association — which governs all high school sports in Kansas — adopted new rules…

Kansas school district dodges questions about taxes ahead of huge bond issue

(The Sentinel) – School districts routinely ask voters to approve hundreds of millions in new bond issue debt with the promise that it won’t cost…

Wichita private school, one of 8 finalists for Yass Prize, awarded $500,000

(The Sentinel) – A private school in Wichita, Kansas, which primarily serves African American students, was recently awarded $500,000 as one of the finalists for the…

Fordham study finds positive impacts of Ohio’s EdChoice program

(The Sentinel) – A new study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute should allay concerns that school choice programs won’t benefit marginalized students. The Fordham…

KS Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall resigns KU teaching position over university’s free speech failures

(The Sentinel) – Just over a month after an associate dean at the University of Kansas School of Law labeled a speech that had yet to…

Kansas special education funding exceeded expenditures, contrary to claims of school funding advocates

(The Sentinel) – School funding advocates met at the Capitol in Topeka recently to make the case that special education in Kansas is underfunded.  But other…

KS education establishment out of touch with parents, student needs

(The Sentinel) – The education establishment in Kansas appears to remain remarkably out of step with parents’ and students’ needs. While polling in Kansas indicates…

Kansas school district says accountability is key to its performance; policy group to follow up with panel discussion

(The Sentinel) – The Wabaunsee school district has consistently outperformed surrounding districts and the state average on math and reading state assessments tests over the…

Candidate invitation to speak at Kansas school may be election law violation

A Derby High School instructor potentially ran afoul of state election law last week when she invited the Democrat challenger for the local State House…

Rose Hill, Kansas students taught there are five genders in dual credit college course

A Rose Hill high school student who has been taking concurrent (sometimes called “dual credit”) courses at Butler County Community College said he was required…

KU Law school says ADF discussion of the First Amendment is ‘hate speech’

(The Sentinel) – Last week the University of Kansas student chapter of the Federalist Society invited Jordan Lorence, the senior counsel and director of strategic engagement at the…

Nurse practitioner fired over religious exemption for birth control files lawsuit

(The Sentinel) – A Kansas nurse practitioner says she was fired because of her faith – despite having had a religious exemption for years. Suzanne…

National youth program’s ‘Thriving Model’ is grounded in equity, CRT, and Marxism

(The Sentinel) – In the spring of 2013, 4-H launched a nationwide program of youth development called the “Thriving Model,” which appears grounded in equity,…

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…