Thursday, April 26, 2007


Sign of the Times

What's the difference between the old Kansas school board, dominated by Christian fundamentalists, and the new moderate board that puts the interests of student, parents, teachers, and communities ahead of fighting culture war battles?

New board Chair Bill Wagnon says all five candidates for Education Commissioner "have demonstrated experience in education management."

That wasn't the case with the old board, which chose Bob Corkins, an anti-tax lobbyist with no experience or training in the field of education as commissioner.

Before he resigned abruptly after moderates won a majority on the board, Corkins nearly decimated the professional staff at the Dept. of Education.

Let the rebuilding process begin.


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