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Kansas state board of education candidates disagree on funding issues

October 29, 2010


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2010 Kansas Elections: State Board of Education, District 1

Janet Waugh and Willie Dove are running for Kansas State Board of Education in the 1st District.

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Willie Dove said he continues to campaign as much as he can with the general election just days away.

“Voters are looking to make a change for the positive,” Dove said. “They see their children not being able to further their educations because they lack so much in the early years.”

Dove, a Bonner Springs Republican, is running for the District 1 seat on the State Board of Education against incumbent Janet Waugh, a Kansas City, Kan., Democrat who has been on the state board since 1999.

A Republican Party committee actually selected Dove to run after the party’s original candidate, Leavenworth’s Dawn Weston, resigned because of a conflict of interest. Weston works for the Department of Defense and federal law prohibits employees from seeking elected office.

A U.S. Army veteran who has worked in the insurance industry for 26 years, Dove said he’s always had an interest in youths. He’s been a volunteer as a Youth Friend.

He said he wants to make sure young people are better prepared as they get ready for careers.

“Everyone’s not going to go to college, but those who would like to go to college are not really prepared to go,” Dove said. “And that’s what we would like to make sure happens.”

Before serving on the state board, Waugh served for 15 years on the Turner school board in Kansas City, Kan., and is retired from a family business that operated for more than 30 years in Wyandotte County.

Waugh said school funding is a concern and that the Legislature needed to “fund the law,” referring to fully funding education based on a three-year finance plan the Legislature passed in 2006.

She also said she was working on recommendations for No Child Left Behind and is proud that Kansas is in the top 10 in several education categories. But she wants the state to keep climbing to the top.

“Are we where we need to be? Absolutely not,” Waugh said. “But we’re showing great improvement.”

Dove said he disagreed with Waugh in the area of funding, noting everyone needs more money, but that there needed to be more accountability in spending.

He said he’s heard from voters who are disgruntled about progress not being made on test scores, such as the ACT and SAT.

Kansas was above the ACT national average for the sixth straight year in 2010.

Asked about his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s push for year-round schooling and higher pay for teachers, Dove said that’s one area in which he agrees with the president.

“There’s nothing wrong with our students going to school year-round,” Dove said. “We’ve got to catch up somewhere. Right now, we’re on the bottom. We’ve got to catch up somewhere.”

Waugh said she is a proponent of year-round schooling, noting the summer break is substantial. But she said she also favored local control.

“What may work well for Basehor-Linwood may not work for Hays, Kansas. Or for Dodge City,” Waugh said. “What works well for them may not work for Leavenworth.”

As for higher pay for teachers, Kansas educators rank 38th nationally, a ranking Waugh would like to see improved.

On the issue of teaching creationism, Waugh said she did not favor it, while Dove said both evolution and creationism should be taught.

“One without the other, that’s when we have the problem,” he said.

District 1 for the state board covers all of Leavenworth and Jefferson counties, as well as most of Wyandotte County and a portion of Douglas County.


toe 7 years, 7 months ago

How will you pay for year round school?

newmedia 7 years, 7 months ago

Funding? Eliminate the federal Dept. of Education and funnel that money to the states for local allocation based on their specific needs.

pusscanthropus 7 years, 7 months ago

"On the issue of teaching creationism, Waugh said she did not favor it, while Dove said evolution and creationism should be taught."

Yeah, let's get Sam Brownback for governor and Dove on the School Board. Then let's watch Kansas become the bio-science capital of the country. Ha ha ha! What scientist is going to move her/his kids to a state that teaches creationism? Or a state where this becomes an issue every school board election?

I'm so embarrassed to be a Kansan...

situveux1 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm so sick of people saying they're "embarrassed" to be a Kansan because of this politician or that. Putting politics aside, isn't there something about Kansas that you can be proud of? Why does your view of the state have to be completely viewed thru political glasses?

kkemerait 7 years, 7 months ago

Neither creationism nor intelligent design can be considered science by any reasonable definition of the term. It is not so much a church/state issue as it is one of appropriateness.

You wouldn't teach alchemy in our children's chemistry class, or astrology alongside astronomy. I certainly hope that you wouldn't let teachers accept "speaking in tongues" as fulfilling a foreign language requirement right along with Spanish, French, German and Latin, would you?

If you want to teach creationism in public schools then do so in a sociology, religions of the world or mythology class where it belongs. Our children need to learn good science, not be confused with religious ideologies parading as scientific opinion.

Why creationism isn't science:

To teach creationism in science class is to do a disservice to our children and our future. Please don't let it happen.

Browsing 7 years, 7 months ago

I like your key word "good science". Please see


geekyhost 7 years, 7 months ago

Please stop trying to advocate. You're not helping the cause, or well, any cause by acting like a thirteen year old.

Browsing 7 years, 7 months ago

Science is a search for truth...every person in his heart searches for truth. The truth will set you free. If you're really serious about the truth please see:


kkemerait 7 years, 7 months ago

OK Browsing, I glanced at your first link, same tired creationist dogma.

Under the section on evolution and Thermodynamics it says...

"Evolutionary theory ignores this fundamental law of physics. The mechanism offered by evolution totally contradicts the second law. "

This is completely wrong. They do not give a correct definition for the 2nd law of thermodynamics which has as a requirement or restriction that all things tend toward entropy in a CLOSED SYSTEM. It certainly allows for increases in orderliness and structure at the expense of energy from another part of the system. In the case of evolution, hmm maybe that huge thermonuclear furnace out there that is pouring massive amounts of energy into the systems on earth...I think it's called the SUN!

If you couldn't have order arise on earth, please explain a snowflake. A crystalline structure HIGHLY ordered and arising spontaneously in nature.

KSManimal 7 years, 7 months ago

Dove said evolution and creationism should be taught.

“One without the other, that's when we have the problem,” he said.

No, Dove. We have a problem when elected officials are ignorant of case law (multiple cases....), and thus attempt to do things that have already been ruled out by the courts.

geekyhost 7 years, 7 months ago

I demand that they also teach that the sun is created and then rolled across the sky by giant dung beetles every day. We wouldn't want to leave out a creation myth, now would we?

Dan Thalmann 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow, bobxxxx. You've created a firm case for your side. You've convinced me with your insults and name-calling that there is no other option than to follow you. I will now follow in your footsteps and start bullying and name-calling those of different cultures than me. Thanks for leading the way. Anyway..... I agree with "toe". No matter how positive year-round school could be, we can barely fund nine months the way it is. I've never heard anyone come up with ideas on how to fund such a change. And if year-round schooling is such a good idea, why not just turn all schools into board schools. Get the kids out of the houses at preschool age. Choose a career path for them after some assessment testing when they're about six years old. Send the dumb kids to the labor careers. Send the smart kids on the post-secondary track. Put bobxxxx in front of them to remove any sense of culture from them. Maybe lobotomies for any kid who wants an independent identity. We could really be on to something here! Government knows best. Let's just be their drones.

Dan Thalmann 7 years, 7 months ago

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Dan Thalmann 7 years, 7 months ago

Graduated near the top of my majors at KU - history and environmental policy. So I suppose in your opinion that wouldn't say much for KU as an academic institution.

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