Diane DeBacker

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker is resigning to become an adviser to the chief education official in Abu Dhabi.

DeBacker told the State Board of Education yesterday she will step down on May 14th.

Debacker says she was recruited to become the adviser to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates.

DeBacker is a 53-year-old Kansas native who joined the State Department of Education in 2003. She was named acting commissioner in 2009, and the board then named her commissioner in 2010.

Kansas Education Official Responds To 'Misinformation'

Sep 20, 2013

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she's sending a "friendly" letter to the state Republican Party this week to correct what she and other education leaders say is misinformation about Common Core standards for reading and math.

DeBacker's letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Kansas GOP state committee last weekend, calling for the state to withdraw from Common Core.

Some state officials are wondering if all Kansas students should be required to take the ACT college readiness exam.