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The Kansas Education Statutes are easily accessible online. Good luck finding any that prevent innovation in the classroom.
This law is clearly not designed to improve education in Kansas, but what else would you expect from the dumbest legislature in state history and a governor who claims to protect education while pushing it off a cliff?
Condolences to the teachers and staff who work in the 29 soon-to-be deregulated districts. At least this law will help to identify the districts least likely to attract highly qualified teachers.
I am sure the idea was to not have school at all in the 29 "innovative" disitricts. Since our legislators don't trust "gummint" schools I am sure that everyone in those districts will home school their kids and everything will be great. We don't need no edjumacation in here.
How about some actual journalism here. Peter Hancock, can't you tell us what is really going on here? Can't you tell us what supporters of this new law claim they can bring to the table. Can't you tell us what opponents think the true agenda is? Your single example about student contact hours does not really help me understand. How about a little reporting.
I thought he did a fine job, the big story is no one understands the law because it sets no clear boundaries regarding anything
But what is the point? The authors of the law must have had some idea what they were trying to accomplish. What reasons have they given for the need for this flexibility? What specific changes might result in positive impact in student performance? If supporters of the bill are not able to provide this information, then their unwillingness to justify the law should have been reported. Critics of the law must have some opinion on the agenda here. I'm certainly left with the impression that Mr. Hancock does not understand the law, but he is the reporter. He's supposed to figure out what's going on and tell us.
The point is to move away from our current public education model. They want to break teachers unions, fire teachers at will, have a differentiated pay scale based upon what they believe a teacher is "entitled" to receive....this is a dismantling of Kansas Public Education. The republicans want it that way...they want to apply a business model to education...it doesn't work.
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