Thursday, March 02, 2006


Willard's Radical Agenda: Evasive Answers, Disingenuous Claims

An editorial in the Hutchinson News argues that Ken Willard, a Hutchinson Republican, "has played an integral role in advancing the state board's increasingly radical agenda for education in Kansas since being elected in 2002."

He lobbied the Legislature to undermine local authority and establish statewide standards for a suitable education. He supported efforts to relax rules for charter schools in Kansas. He expressed interest in school vouchers. He voted for science standards adopted after contrived hearings before a three-member subcommittee of the board. He voted to overrule local boards with a statewide policy allowing parents to determine whether their children would enroll in sex education classes. He voted to hire someone without any experience in education or public administration as Kansas education commissioner.

Moreover, in meetings with local boards and in conversations with constituents, Willard defends those controversial actions with evasive answers and disingenuous claims.

Voters in the in District 7 school board race, however, now have a choice. Donna Viola, president of the McPherson USD 418 Board of Education, a moderate, has filed to run against Willard.


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