Kansas Board of Education

Education Standards
4:49 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawsuit Says New Science Standards Violate Religious Freedom

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

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2:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kansas BOE Considers How To Force Prosecutors To Report Felons

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.

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12:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas BOE To Prosecutors: Quit Failing To Report Felons

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.

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Education Funding
5:42 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

State BOE Considers Funding Options

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

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Education Standards
4:09 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Common Core Opponents Criticize Testing

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

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7:41 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Kansas Board Of Education Will Try To Find More Funding For Schools

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.

1:45 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Education Report Shows Kansas Public Schools Under-Funded By $650M

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

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7:27 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Education Institute Says Kansas Is Scrapping "Superior" Science Standards For Worse Ones

Credit 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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12:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kansas Ed. Department Asks For Help Clarifying New "Innovative Districts" Law

Kansas education officials are asking the state's attorney general for guidance about how to implement a new law about "innovative" schools.

Brad Neuenswander, the Deputy Commissioner for the state Department of Education, told the State Board of Education Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law that creates a coalition of so-called "innovative districts."

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Education Standards
5:46 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

State Board Of Education Adopts Science Standards

The Kansas state school board has approved new science standards for public schools.

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