U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Kansas this week.
He has two stops in the state Tuesday. Duncan will be holding a town hall meeting at Emporia State University. He’ll also deliver a speech in Topeka.
Duncan will make a stop in Topeka at the Brown v. Board of Education historic site on Tuesday. Dave Smith is superintendent there. He says Duncan is on a cross-country tour of places with connections to public education.
The No Child Left Behind Act was designed by President George W. Bush’s administration to improve failing schools. But since its passage, several states have sought exemptions from the program, which implements national educational standards.
Kansas received one of those waivers last week, but state Board of Education member Walt Chappell says there’s no real advantage to being waived from the requirements of the program.
A Kansas official says school districts are concerned about more than just the resources needed to provide their students with a suitable education.
Deputy Education Commissioner Craig Neuenswander finished testifying today in the trial of a lawsuit over how Kansas funds its public schools. He was called by attorneys for the 54 school districts whose lawsuit claims Kansas has been spending too little to satisfy the state constitution’s requirement for providing a “suitable” education. He said schools want to make sure students have the knowledge they need to be productive.
The Kansas Aviation Museum will unveil a new exhibit Thursday featuring the last car owned by airplane designer Lloyd Stearman, a pioneer of Wichita aviation.
The car is a 1960s Mercedes diesel sedan. Stearman purchased the car to drive while on vacation in Europe and later had it shipped back to the States. Kansas aviation museum executive director Lon Smith says Stearman made modifications to the car like putting in a Sears air-conditioning unit.