Saturday, March 18, 2006


Posny Resigns

When the theocratic majority of the Kansas Board of Education appointed the woeful Bob "Brownie" Corkins Education Commissioner last October, Red State Rabble predicted that professional staff at the Kansas State Department of Education would resign or be forced out. We wrote then that we wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Alexa Posny was one of the first to go.

Now, Dr. Posny, deputy commissioner at the Kansas State Department of Education, who was passed over for the job of state education commissioner, has announced she will be leaving to take a job at the U.S. Department of Education.

Posny, diplomatic as always, said her departure had nothing to do with the hiring of Corkins.

“This opportunity came out of the blue,” she said.

It's hard to believe, however, that if she'd been appointed Education Commissioner instead of Corkins that she'd be leaving now.

“Her expertise and knowledge regarding No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is exceeded by no one in this state. Dr. Posny’s leadership in school improvement has been significant and will be missed,” Dale Dennis, deputy commissioner of education, told the Lawrence Journal World.

Kansans shouldn't worry too much about the brain drain at the Department of Education. There are plenty more under-employed right-wing political operatives like Corkins lying out in the weeds. Word on the street is that to a man, all of them are more than ready to give up railing against government bureaucrats in order to become one.

And, as the Corkins appointment demonstrates, having no qualifications is no problem.


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