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Rep. Jake LaTurner parroted rhetoric about parents’ rights. They have responsibilities, too.
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Chris Huntsman taught in Kansas schools for 36 years. I write, as a retired teacher, to dispute U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner’s proclaimed need for a parents’ bill […]
Divisions over Kansas K-12 education spawn misinformation and anxiety at Overland Park forum
OVERLAND PARK — As she sat in the back of the conference room, behind rows and rows of people, she listened to this panel of four talk about Kansas classrooms. How long have the people on this panel spent in public schools, she wondered. More specifically, how long have they spent in Kansas ones? This […]
‘Death by 1,000 cuts’: Kansas teachers demoralized by current environment
TOPEKA — Caught in a political crossfire and exhausted from the pandemic, Kansas teachers are putting down their books and leaving the profession. In a survey from the National Education Association, 55% of teachers indicated they were ready to leave the classroom. As of April 12, there were 1,381 teacher vacancies in Kansas, according to […]
Parents’ Bill of Rights bill disguises moral panic as responsible legislating
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Rabbi Moti Rieber is executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action, a statewide, multifaith issue-advocacy organization that works on a variety of social, economic and climate justice […]
Senate panel backs educational bill of rights for Kansas parents
TOPEKA — A Kansas Senate panel approved Tuesday legislation establishing an educational bill of rights for parents of public school children. The bill is aimed at the idea of educational transparency and ensuring parents have increased access to and oversight of their child’s curriculum and materials. Modeled after recommendations of the conservative Heritage Foundation in […]
With the Legislature back in session, here are five big issues for Kansans to follow
The Kansas Legislature has returned! You’d be forgiven for not knowing it was gone in the first place, but the House and Senate took most of a week off after turnaround. That’s the (largely hypothetical) date when each chamber finishes work on its bills and sends the legislation to the other chamber. In reality, leaders […]
Johnson County teachers push back against avalanche of K-12 education reform bills
Johnson County teachers share concerns about legislation pending in the Kansas House and Senate realigning K-12 public education.
Audio Astra: The end of ‘Nice White Parents’
Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The state of public education in Kansas Kansas Reflector Podcast, Feb. 21, 2022 The “Angry Parents” edition The Slate Political Gabfest, Feb. 17, 2022 […]
Derek Schmidt salutes Black history while seeking to stifle Black Kansas voters
Derek Schmidt wants you to share in his excitement for Black History Month. Why, on Sunday he tweeted the following: “Nicodemus is the oldest and only remaining settlement of freed slaves west of the Mississippi. Now a National Historic Site in Graham County, it is well worth visiting during Black History Month – or any […]
Racism embedded deep in American history proves ignorance of those who would deny our failures
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Samuel Paunetto has a bachelor’s degree in general sociology from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, a Master’s Degree in divinity from the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto […]
Lawmakers are pushing to muzzle teachers. Kansans who love unvarnished fact must push back.
Teachers are the enemy. That’s the message a pair of bills debated in back-to-back hearings Wednesday in the Kansas Legislature sends. The proposed laws, which came out of GOP-controlled education committees, would stifle the ability of K-12 teachers to teach historical fact and diverse points of view, eliminate the affirmative defense for educators, and broaden […]
Education committees clash over legitimacy of bill of rights legislation for Kansas parents
House and Senate lawmakers step into public K-12 controversy with bills ordering curriculum transparency and dabbling in CRT, sex education politics.