Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

Don’t go to war with the Shockers

Congratulations to the WSU Shockers on their impressive win Thursday night and their first trip to the NCAA Elite Eight since 1981. They dominated La Salle, particularly during the first half. The Shockers play Ohio State on Saturday night. KU plays Michigan tonight, which could be a big challenge. And the KU women play their Sweet 16 game Sunday against Notre Dame. It would be great if our state could get multiple teams in the final eight or, better yet, the Final Four.

Reason to be unsure about reading reform

Gov. Sam Brownback is unsure about a Kansas Senate-passed bill that would establish new policies for retaining first-graders who lack reading proficiency. “We’ll look at it,” Brownback told the Topeka Capital-Journal, though he prefers his proposal for holding back third-graders who don’t pass reading assessments. Brownback’s plan didn’t make it out of either the House or Senate education committees – and with good reason. Educators note that holding kids back can be counterproductive. There also were concerns about making retention decisions based on only one test and about whether the focus should be on earlier grades, including preschool.