Saturday, April 28, 2007


Kansas Education Commissioner: Back to the Future

Alexa Posny, currently director of the office of special education in Washington, was acting Kansas' Education Commissioner until the old state school board, dominated by Christian fundamentalists, appointed the woeful anti-tax lobbyist Bob Corkins to the job instead.

That appointment drove many of the Education Department's professional staff, including Posny, to resign.

Now, Posny is one of five highly qualified finalists to replace Corkins.

The only question remaining is whether the new moderate school board majority -- and the rebuilding of the state's Education Department -- will survive the next election.

Kansas voters will be faced with a stark choice in 2008. Either move forward with educating kids or fight the battle over creationism in the curriculum a third time.

Which will it be?


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