Thu October 18, 2012
Top Morning News 10.18.12
New website to take anonymous tips about school spending; ATC won't be used in assessment of KS students; Man launches campaign to recall Secretary of State Kris Kobach
ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In KS Report Card
Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance. The districts have switched to tests prepared by ACT, which is known for college entrance exams.
The Kansas Board of Education voted Wednesday not to include the ACT test scores in the state’s official report card provided to the federal government. Including the ACT scores would lower the state’s overall grade. Board member Jana Shaver from Independence.
KS Schools Panel To Take Anonymous Tips Online
Governor Sam Brownback’s school efficiency task force has launched a web page to take anonymous tips about problems with school spending.
Brownback’s office unveiled the new website Wednesday. The governor also announced that he’s added Iola Superintendent Brian Pekarek as the panel’s 11th member.
Brownback formed the task force last month to look for ways to make public schools more efficient spending their state funding.
Most of the panel’s members are certified public accountants, including Brownback budget director Steve Anderson. The governor was criticized for not including any teachers or administrators.
Brownback’s office says the new web portal give students, parents, teachers and administrators a way to disclose inefficiencies they’ve experienced.
Kansas Man Launches Effort To Recall Kobach
A Topeka resident formally launched an effort Wednesday to recall Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, but state law creates large hurdles to force an election. Sonny Scroggins contends Kobach has been “derelict in his duties,” partly because of Kobach’s work on immigration issues outside the state.
KS Dept. Of Commerce Seeking Truck Drivers
The Kansas Department of Commerce says the state has more than 1,600 unfilled truck-driving jobs, with the most urgent need in the oil and gas industries.
The agency and its Local Workforce Investment Board Partners have funds available to help qualified applicants take Commercial Driver’s License training through approved providers.
Commerce officials said yesterday they’re looking into providing training opportunities in Kansas communities with high demand for drivers and adequate interest by potential job-seekers.
Kansas has been experiencing growth in the oil and gas industries as new fields are opened for exploration in the southern counties.