The Kansas Department of Education wants to study a proposal to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Kansas.
The Council of Chief State School Officers, 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.
Kansas' State Board of Education will open discussions next week about pushing for more state funding for public schools.
The agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes reviewing proposals for increased state aid, more money for professional development, and for school lunch programs in the next fiscal year. One proposal would raise the state's base aid to school districts by $640 per student, almost 17 percent. The current figure for the next fiscal year is $3,852 per student.
Wichita State University says the late Velma Wallace has left $6 million in an estate gift to the school's foundation. She died last July at the age of 95.
Velma had supported Wichita State in many ways, including the Wallace Scholarship Program for years. Both she and her husband, Cessna Aircraft Executive Dwane Wallace, who died in 1989, loved and supported WSU.