Kansas Board of Education

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.

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."

State Board Of Education Adopts Science Standards

Jun 11, 2013

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

Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core education standards.

They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.

Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.

Critics of the Kansas Board of Education's decision to adopt the Common Core Standards for math and reading will voice their concerns Tuesday's at the board's meeting.
Kansas is among 46 states that have adopted the Common Core Standards; they set academic expectations for students from kindergarten through high school. The state adopted the standards in 2010 and school districts have begun implementing them in the classrooms and training teachers.

Board Of Education To Receive Science Standards

Apr 14, 2013

Kansas officials will receive an overview of the latest draft of new science standards for public schools being developed by a national consortium.

Kansas Regents Approve Room And Board Increases

Dec 20, 2012

Students at the state's six universities will pay more for room and board next year.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved rate increases for all six state schools Wednesday.

Wichita State students will see 3.5% increase in their room and board.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that increases are needed to cover rising operating expenses and to continue making facilities improvements.

Emporia State students will see the highest increase--3.7 percent--and Fort Hays State students will only pay a little over 1% more for room and board.

Kansas Board Encourages Cursive Instruction

Dec 13, 2012

Cursive handwriting instruction is getting a nod of support from the Kansas Board of Education.  

During Wednesday's meeting, the board unanimously adopted a statement encouraging educators to ensure students can write legibly in cursive and comprehend text written in cursive.

KS senate considers new rules panel; KanCare ombudsman appointed; Cursive writing standards adopted; Volunteer groups seek to help Haitians, break record.

New KS Senate Leaders Pondering Rules Panel

Kansas Senate's new Republican leaders are weighing changes in how the chamber settles disputes over its rules.

Report: Science Reduced In Kansas Elementary Schools

Nov 14, 2012

A new report says elementary schools in Kansas and surrounding states have reduced, or even eliminated, science education in recent years to emphasize reading and math.

The Kansas State Board of Education was told Tuesday that one in five elementary teachers in Kansas and surrounding states are recording science grades even when they don't teach the subject.