The result of yesterday’s elections in Wichita is an endorsement for the status quo. For those interested in liberty, free markets, and education in Wichita, the election was a total disaster.
On the Wichita city council, the two incumbents running for re-election won. For the open seat, Janet Miller won. While her website talks of fiscal responsibility, it’s a safe bet that Miller is on the side of increasing the size, scope, and intrusiveness of city government.
The election of Miller doesn’t signal a huge shift on the council, as Sharon Fearey, her predecessor, favored an expansionary city government.
For the board of USD 259, the Wichita public school district, all four incumbents won. This is terrible news for Wichita schoolchildren and taxpayers. As outlined in my post Wichita school board members should not be re-elected, the Wichita school district is moving exactly in the wrong direction on many issues.
The board members have a bad attitude, too. Walt Chappell, a member of the Kansas State Board of Education, recently experienced the overbearing arrogance of this board. My post Wichita school board video shows why members should not be re-elected holds the video that exposes these attitudes.
But as reported in the Wichita Eagle, board members are pleased. Connie Dietz actually said “This wasn’t time for new people to be on the board.”
When people like Dietz believe that they — and only they — have the ability to successfully run the Wichita schools, we’re in a lot of trouble. Wichita schoolchildren now face great danger, as any possibility of meaningful reform in the Wichita school district is becoming less likely.
My condolences to Mayor Brewer in having both Janet Miller and Sue Schlapp on the same Council bench. He is no match for those two barracudas.
The most effective piece of campaign literature was James Barfield’s mailer the weekend before the election. Your clip on the school board did cause me to not vote for Betty Arnold.
deja vu all over again for Wichita officials. There is a line from the Who’s classic 60s rock tune, “We won’t be fooled again,” which says, “…here’s the new boss, same as the old boss…” and that certainly applies in Wichita right now. The differences between Ms. Feary and Ms. Miller will need a micrometer to calculate.