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Sebelius schedules public education forums

August 26, 2003

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— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday urged the public to provide input next month at a series of forums on education.

"We must be committed to investing in the future of Kansas," Sebelius said.

Recently, a 27-member task force appointed by Sebelius to study the state's educational system issued a preliminary report that called for increased spending on early childhood learning, at-risk students and improved access to higher education.

The group didn't identify funding sources for the improvements.

Here's a look at priorities outlined by Sebelius' task force:

  • Fund the existing school-finance formula and institute an annual cost-of-living increase
  • Centralize early childhood funding through the governor's office
  • Expand programs for high-risk students
  • Increase funding to higher education "and not depend on student tuition increases to replace state funds"
  • Fund the final portion of higher education reforms enacted in 1999
  • Develop a plan to recruit and keep high-quality teachers
  • Engage the business community in schools by convening an advisory panel of business leaders
  • Create a statewide student leadership development initiative
  • Convene an annual education summit
  • Link efforts to restructure the state's work-force development with postsecondary education

Sebelius will attend most of next month's public forums.

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