Kansas officials involved in drafting new science standards for public schools are trying to reassure the State Board of Education that retraining teachers and buying new classroom materials won't be unusually expensive.
Kline hearing in Kansas Supreme Court today; More Kansas families are struggling to make ends meet; Board of Education to consider cursive writing standards.
Kline Ethics Case Before Kansas Supreme Court
The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to take up an ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline over his actions during investigations of abortion providers. The court will hear arguments from attorneys Thursday.
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 Wednesday voted 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.
“When we’re discussing assessment results, we can’t compare oranges and apples,” says board member Jana Shaver from Independence.
Half of the Kansas Board of Education’s 10 seats are on the ballot in this year’s elections. The August 7 primary will most likely settle the race in Wichita’s 8th district. Both Republican candidates say they’re ready to serve.
At a recent forum in Wichita, 70 year old incumbent, Walt Chappell, explained why he’s running for a second 4-year term on the state school board. Chappell told the crowd it’s important to provide relevant education to every child.