Chris Cindric is the highly qualified person Johnson Countians should want representing them on the 10-member Kansas State Board of Education. Incumbent Steve Roberts does not deserve re-election to the District 2 seat.
The district includes parts of the county’s biggest and much-beloved school districts: Blue Valley, Olathe and Shawnee Mission.
The board is often an after-thought for voters. It shouldn’t be. The board, when controlled by ultra-conservatives, has embarrassed Kansans. A decade ago, the board promoted intelligent design over evolution. Fortunately, newly elected board members eventually reversed that decision.
Cindric is a Democrat who served for many years as a school psychologist, mostly in the Shawnee Mission district. On her website she takes a shot at Roberts’ reputation for meddling by noting, “I do not believe the state board should micromanage individual districts.”
Roberts, a math tutor, is a Republican best known for two things.
He was among a group that tried but failed to get rid of the math portion of the Common Core curriculum standards; even the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature wouldn’t do it earlier this year.
He also used the “N” word during a 2013 Board of Education meeting. He was harshly criticized for his comments. Roberts brushed that off, saying, “I love getting out of the box, and I love developing a reputation for being willing to be politically incorrect.”
Cindric is right when she says Roberts looks too much like a supporter of Gov. Sam Brownback when it comes to educational policies.
Put Chris Cindric on the state school board and remove Steve Roberts. It’s the wisest decision for local voters.