Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Three down, three to go

Third conservative State Board of Education member draws 2006 foe:
A veteran education professor says he will challenge a conservative incumbent on the State Board of Education in next year's election.

Kent Runyan, a member of the Pittsburg State University education faculty for 17 years, announced Monday that he will run as a Democrat against Republican Iris Van Meter, of Thayer. Van Meter was elected in 2002 and represents District 9 of southeast Kansas.

Runyan said the board's recent hiring of an inexperienced Bob Corkins as education commissioner and its decisions on science standards prompted him to enter the race. Corkins was hired to replace Andy Tompkins, who retired as commissioner in June.

"We've gotta correct that," Runyan said. "Somebody has to step up and get that ship going in the right direction. I think I have the experience. I have the knowledge. I have the background."

Runyan is the senior professor in Pittsburg State's curriculum and instruction department, responsible for training new teachers and graduate programs. He also is former president of the Pittsburg public school board.

Runyan said he would prefer the board focus on the issues facing teachers daily and set ideological differences aside. He said theological issues should be kept in social science classes or comparative religions.

"I think science belongs in science," he said.
Harry McDonald is challenging John Bacon, and Tim Cruz and Sally Cauble are challenging Connie Morris.

Let's challenge every seat.

Update: While I want to boot all six creationist Board members, only 4 are up for re-election, so we can only hope to get one more challenger this time around, to take on Ken Willard.

Anyone in district 7, south central Kansas (not Wichita), who wants a thankless job where asses like myself bitch about your every move should think seriously about running.

The only non-creationist up for re-election is Janet Waugh, who just bitch-slapped unqualified hack Bob Corkins:

after he visited her district and spoke in favor of vouchers and charter school changes.

“Are you speaking for the board or are you speaking for yourself?” she asked.

“I would never advocate anything I would think inconsistent with the board’s goals and objectives,” Corkins said.
And as someone with no experience in education, he doesn't understand what those goals and objectives are. Putz.