The Kansas State Board of Education is thinking about changing how teachers are licensed.
Board members have wanted to review the licensing process for years, and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers sped up the process.
The Kansas Department of Education is proposing board members change the regulations to allow for the issuance of a three-year, renewable part-time teaching permit for people with industry-recognized certification or other experience in specialized industries.
Education officials say new math and English testing that will be recommended next month to the Kansas State Board of Education will be aligned with new curriculum standards and give more flexibility to student testing.
The changes were outlined during a meeting Wednesday in Topeka. Education commissioner Diane DeBacker will recommend that the board approve using the Smarter Balance tests in grades three through eight. She says high schools will have flexibility in what type of assessment they use.
The Kansas Board of Education reviewed new federal rules Tuesday on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year.
The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day. Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules.
Cheryl Johnson, the director of child nutrition and wellness at the Kansas Department of Education, told the board that much of the work in Kansas will be creating exemptions for certain activities, such as fundraising bake sales in schools.
The State Board of Education is reopening a discussion about how to make prosecutors do a better job of reporting felony convictions. The Board of Education wants their help weeding out problem teachers.
In August, the board revoked the licenses of six teachers who had felony convictions. Four of those teachers had been convicted of sex offenses against minors.
The Kansas State Board of Education wants prosecutors to do a better job reporting felony convictions so problem teachers can be weeded from the profession.
The BOE discussed the issue yesterday when it revoked the licenses of six teachers. Four of the teachers had been convicted of sex offenses against minors.
Kansas law requires prosecutors to report all felony convictions to the Department of Education monthly so it can check them against employment rosters. However, that law does not list any penalties for prosecutors who fail to comply with that requirement.