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Regents’ duty

May 16, 2005

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To the editor:

Kansas has, since Abraham Lincoln was president, held that state institutions of higher education should admit graduates of Kansas high schools. The accreditation authority to which Kansas University has submitted recommends that standards for admission be increased.

Which brings us to curriculum standards. High schools tend to base their curriculum on the needs of students to be admitted to colleges. Why, then, is the state Board of Education in the business of promulgating the curriculum standards? Would it not be more appropriate for the Kansas Board of Regents to say, "This is the curriculum we expect?"

Since the regents represent a range of business, educational and governmental interests, they seem a more appropriate body to deal with these issues than a body that changes every two years and currently is dominated by populists.

Earl L. Haehl,

Lawrence

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