Journey of a Superintendent: Details Matter in the 65 Percent Debate

The elections are over, and now we hope that dialogue can result in meaningful progress on the challenges we face as a nation, including those right in Kansas. But some of the rhetoric I hear coming out of Topeka makes me fear for the future of our children. I cringe every time I hear someone say, “Public schools have plenty of money, large balances, and are spending money on administrators rather than teachers.” Efficiency task forces have been formed, and email boxes are expanding with multiple requests for data on school spending, are coming in from a wide variety of agencies and organizations. I wonder, with all this effort, if the facts will really make it to our citizens. Hold us (both board and district leaders) accountable, but do it with accurate information.

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