Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner Randy Watson.
Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner Randy Watson.

With Yoder in audience, Kansas education commissioner says America has culture of animosity toward teachers. Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday said that a sense of animosity toward teachers may be keeping people from entering the profession. “I think we’re going to have to talk seriously about the value of teaching in this country,” Watson said, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. “Because if teachers thought everyone here valued them, and salaries were, I’m going to say, a little bit higher, I think that would go a long way.” Rep. Kevin Yoder was in attendance at Tuesday’s state board of education meeting, and heard directly from members that the tone out of the federal Department of Education headed by Sec. Betsy DeVos was problematic. “The narrative coming from Secretary DeVos and from our president has not been positive about public schools,” Jim McNiece, a member of the state board, told Yoder. “I don’t know if they are doing that deliberately because, I guess, they don’t understand us, or they haven’t experienced us, or if it’s an agenda that’s going another way. I’d like to take a more positive position and think they just don’t know us very well, because neither had been involved in public education.” [Yoder hears complaints of negative tone in Washington toward teachers, public schools — Lawrence Journal World]

Overland Park Chamber forum for JCCC Board of Trustees candidates set for today. The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce this afternoon will host a forum for the candidates seeking seats on the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. The forum will begin at 4 p.m. at the chamber offices, 9001 W. 110th Street, Overland Park.

Shawnee Mission Post, NEJC Chamber forum for Merriam candidates set for tonight. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and the Shawnee Mission Post this evening will host the candidates seeking office on the Merriam governing body. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center.

In Overland Park race, challenger charges city policies divert taxpayer money to developers. KCUR’s Sam Zeff has an in-depth look at the Overland Park mayoral race, which pits three-term incumbent Carl Gerlach against former one-term state representative Charlotte O’Hara. O’Hara has made the city’s frequent use of public tax incentives the key issue in the race. [Overland Park Mayoral Candidate Charges Developer ‘Cronyism’ – KCUR]