A few education-oriented items from around the area, and beyond:
Let the chatting begin.
Today at 11:30 a.m. marks the first online chat at LJWorld.com for one of this year’s candidates for Lawrence school board.
Shannon Kimball is the candidate, and she’ll be down here at The News Center to answer your questions online for an hour.
That’s right: You get to ask the questions. I’ll be moderating the forum, posting questions for her to answer. We’ll be taking questions live, and we’ll also be posting questions that have been sent in early.
Anytime up until and through the chat, you can send in questions you’d like to see answered. Just follow the link to Kimball’s chat here.
You may do the same for all the chats. We’re continuing to get them scheduled with all nine active candidates, who are vying for four available seats on the board.
The general election is April 5.
Preparations are under way for next year at schools throughout the area, and the folks at Veritas Christian School are ready to share information about their school’s offerings to interested families and others next month.
Veritas will conduct its “Kindergarten Round-up and Open House for 1st through 12th grades” April 29 at the campus, 256 N. Mich.
• Kindergarten Round-Up is set for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• The Open House is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Veritas offers morning and full-day kindergarten programs, along with K-Quest — for 4- and 5-year-olds — on weekday afternoons.
To RSVP for the event, contact the school office at 749-0083.
Veritas, founded in 1978, is a nondenominational school representing 29 area churches and parishes in Douglas, Jefferson, Franklin and Johnson counties.
Here’s an update on some recent, education-related activities of a former Kansas governor who now serves in the nation’s capital.
On Thursday, Kathleen Sebelius — President Obama’s secretary of health and human services — attended an event at the White House that picked up quite a bit of play: an anti-bullying summit, with a national anti-bullying initiative. You can read a fine story about that here.
A day earlier, Sebelius had spoken to a conference of the National PTA. Her topic: early education.
I’m posting a copy of her prepared remarks here with this item (you can download it), but here are a few excerpts:
• “[L]earning doesn’t start at age five. And a world-class education can’t start in Kindergarten. The best science tells us that the first five years of a child’s life are among the most important for healthy brain development. So it’s no surprise that early childhood education has been shown to be one of the best investments we can make.”
• “We live in an age where many of the fastest growing jobs can be done anywhere there's a laptop and an Internet connection. That means we can’t out-compete the world unless we also out-educate the world. And we can't out-educate the world if our children start school at a disadvantage.”
• “Giving all of our children the opportunity to develop the skills to be ready for school is a presidential priority. It’s been a priority of mine since I came into the [Kansas] legislature as a mother of a 2-year-old and 5-year-old. And we’re committed to working with groups like PTA to make sure all our children can start school ready to learn. But our work to help kids reach their full potential can’t stop when they leave the classroom. As parents know, kids need a lot more to reach their full potential, including access to affordable health care. ...”
Yes, Sebelius is interested in providing affordable health care. There’s plenty about that in her speech, too.