Daily Archives: Aug. 26, 2013

Few know about Common Core

The new Common Core education standards that Kansas and 44 other states are adopting received a lot of attention this past legislative session, as some lawmakers wrongly claimed that the standards were part of a federal takeover of education. But nearly two-thirds of Americans have never heard of the Common Core, according to a survey by Gallup and PDK International. And among the third who have heard of Common Core, only four in 10 said the standards will help make education in the United States more competitive globally.

SMG deal could benefit Orpheum

Once destined for demolition, the Orpheum Theatre is now a valued showplace for an eclectic array of live acts and film showings. The management deal in the works with SMG seems a positive step, given SMG’s booking power and administrative and accounting expertise. Best of all, such an arrangement might enable local Orpheum backers to concentrate on raising money to finish the 91-year-old theater’s long-running restoration. Certainly, Philadelphia-based SMG has proved its professionalism by managing the 3-year-old Intrust Bank Arena, which was about $301,000 in the black through June for the year and has a strong fall schedule. Any Orpheum deal would need to ensure the facility is no less affordable and available to nonprofit organizations and charity events.

KU chancellor’s support for Wichita campus is strong

The reason for University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s recent visit to Wichita was an exciting one for the community – to emphasize the importance of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita to KU and the state, and to drum up support for KU’s request for an additional $4.5 million in state funding to double the class size of the Wichita campus and to pay physician faculty. In a meeting with The Eagle editorial board, Gray-Little noted that the generous private funding that enabled the campus to expand to a four-year program in 2011 was not sufficient to sustain the program and help it expand to 56 first- and second-year students. Now, KU’s stated support for the Wichita campus needs to be backed up by state dollars.