Wednesday, July 04, 2007


It's About Time

When social conservatives bypassed qualified candidates to appoint anti-tax lobbyist Bob Corkins Kansas Education Commissioner, the reaction was utterly predictable. The news media reported his lack of training and experience for the job.

John Vratil, a Leawood Republican and vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said Corkins' appointment seemed "sort of like making Saddam Hussein president of the United States."

Sadly, Corkins actual job performance fully lived up to its advance billing.

Now that Corkins is gone and Kansas has, in Alexa Posny, a highly qualified commissioner who can begin to rebuild the state's Dept. of Education, coverage in the news media has shifted.

We're seeing, at long last, positive stories about Kansas schools.

When she officially takes office this week, writes The Wichita Eagle's Jillian Cohan, "Posny will bring intelligence, compassion and depth of experience to the role, her colleagues said."

What a difference an election makes.


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