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Ken Willard

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Kansas State Board of Education Meeting — February 12-13

The Kansas State Board of Education met Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 13. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were: An announcement that the state department of education will cooperate with the State Highway Patrol to offer Active Shooter Training to public school employees. According to Diane DeBacker, state education commissioner, … Continue reading

CPAs and Legislators and the Governor, Oh My!

A century ago, as Dorothy linked arms with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man to begin their journey down the Yellow Brick Road, what they were most afraid of was the prospect of meeting up with “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” These days, our intrepid Kansas schoolgirl and her companions would have something … Continue reading

Kansas Governor Brownback Forms School Efficiency Task Force

This just in from the Kansas governor’s office: Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Friday the formation of the Governor’s School Efficiency Task Force to examine education spending and to develop guidelines on how to get more funding into classrooms where teachers teach and students learn.  Currently only 15 of the 286 school districts in Kansas adhere … Continue reading

State Board of Education & Evolution: “Not a Bunch of Kansas Crazies”

First let’s make this absolutely clear: Kansas’ State Board of Education is not deciding whether the teaching of evolution should be included in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). That’s already been decided in the affirmative by the scientists and educators who wrote the Framework for K-12 Science Education that the standards are based on. And — … Continue reading

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