Kansas Department of Education http://kmuw.org en Kansas Dept. Of Education Changing Rules To Hire More Technical Ed Instructors http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-dept-education-changing-rules-hire-more-technical-ed-instructors <p>Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations so school districts can hire more technical education instructors.</p><p>The state Department of Education is writing changes that would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach in public schools.</p><p>The Department of Ed is designing the changes to help districts hire people who have industry certification or career experience in technical fields like plumbing or welding.</p><p>People receiving the licenses could then teach on a full- or part-time basis.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:50:42 +0000 Associated Press 31005 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Standardized Test Scores Fall http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-standardized-test-scores-fall <p>The Kansas Department of Education says overall scores by K-12 students on standardized math and reading tests have slipped this year. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:43:08 +0000 Associated Press 26210 at http://kmuw.org School Snack Rules Under Review http://kmuw.org/post/school-snack-rules-under-review <p>The Kansas Board of Education reviewed new federal rules Tuesday on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year.</p><p>The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day. Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:40:10 +0000 Stephen Koranda 24925 at http://kmuw.org KU Asked To Build Model Statewide Anti-Bullying Policy http://kmuw.org/post/ku-asked-build-model-statewide-anti-bullying-policy <p>Researchers at the University of Kansas have been hired by the State Department of Education to develop a model anti-bullying policy for use in schools statewide.<br><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All Kansas schools must have an anti-bullying policy, but coming up with effective policies and practices to meet that requirement can get complicated.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at the University of Kansas plan to launch a statewide series of meetings in October to present educators with a model policy to build their own programs around.</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:26:40 +0000 Bryan Thompson 22130 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Ed. Department To Study How To Help Out-Of-State Teachers Get Licensed In Kansas http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ed-department-study-how-help-out-state-teachers-get-licensed-kansas <p>The Kansas Department of Education wants to study a proposal to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Kansas.</p><p><a href="http://www.ccsso.org/">The Council of Chief State School Officers</a>, a national organization of state education agency officials, issued a report listing 10 recommendations for how states could improve the teaching profession. One of those calls for allowing reciprocity across state lines. Another encourages states to use data collection, analysis, reporting to improve teacher programs and keep them accountable.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:42:06 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 20145 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Ed. Department Asks For Help Clarifying New "Innovative Districts" Law http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ed-department-asks-help-clarifying-new-innovative-districts-law <p>Kansas education officials are asking the state's attorney general for guidance about how to implement a new law about "innovative" schools.</p><p>Brad Neuenswander, the Deputy Commissioner for the state Department of Education, told the State Board of Education Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law that creates a coalition of so-called "innovative districts."</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:49:21 +0000 Associated Press 18754 at http://kmuw.org Education Department Seeks Guidance On Innovative Districts http://kmuw.org/post/education-department-seeks-guidance-innovative-districts <p></p><p>Kansas education commissioner Diane DeBacker says the department will seek an attorney general's opinion on implementing a new law that would allow school districts to be named innovative districts. Tue, 14 May 2013 22:37:01 +0000 Associated Press 17241 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Plots Teacher Evaluation Course http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-plots-teacher-evaluation-course <p>Kansas teachers and administrators are working with the state Department of Education to develop an evaluation system to measure their performance.</p><p>The evaluation system, called the Kansas Education Evaluation Protocol or "KEEP" is a pilot program being used in about two dozen districts statewide. It is part of the state's efforts to comply with the requirements of a federal waiver it received under the No Child Left Behind Act.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:56:28 +0000 Associated Press 9005 at http://kmuw.org