Kansas Board of Education

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.

State Officials Back New Science Standards Despite Lawsuit

Sep 30, 2013

Kansas education officials are committed to using new science standards in public schools, despite a federal lawsuit attempting to block them.

The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education are defending the multistate standards, which the board adopted in June after two years of consideration.

Parents and a non-profit group filed a lawsuit last week, criticizing the way the standards treat evolution.

The guidelines say that evolution is a well-established scientific theory.

An anti-evolution group has filed a federal lawsuit to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public 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.

Kansas BOE To Prosecutors: Quit Failing To Report Felons

Aug 14, 2013

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.

State BOE Considers Funding Options

Jul 9, 2013

Kansas State Board of Education members are pondering how much additional funding for public schools they'll seek next year.

Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.

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.

A new report shows the amount of money Kansas legislators have authorized for school spending for the next two years that is more than $650 million below what is required by law.

Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis originally included the report as part of the State Board of Education's June meeting agenda. However, the discussion was omitted when debate on academic standards ran long.

Here's a link to the report

via the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says the Kansas is replacing some of the nation's strongest science standards for public schools with weaker, multi-state guidelines. The education think tank released its findings today.

Educators from 26 states, plus the National Research Council, worked together to develop the new standards. The Kansas Board of Education voted to adopt just this week.

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