So Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins has resigned (11/23, A-1, “Turbulent Corkins era ends”). What a shame!
In Corkins, we finally had a commissioner who was beholden to the parents and taxpayers and to the education of all our children rather than to the education establishment and the unions.
Corkins was an attorney who had a background in management, policy analysis, and promoting innovation for better effectiveness. He had a willingness to embrace education alternatives. The liberals on the Kansas Board of Education could not abide the latter because it included being open to charter schools.
Rather than thinking about what is best for our students, the liberal board members are doing what is best for the powerful teachers’ union.
It is unbelievable that liberal board member Janet Waugh made a fuss about accepting Corkins’ resignation “with regret.” Waugh and Sue Gamble are two of the members who bellyached continually about anything Corkins did. Before they help seat some retired establishment superintendent as the new commissioner, they need to read the solid research in the book Education Myths: What Special-Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools and Why it Isn’t So by Jay P. Greene.