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Kansas officials want better education coordination

September 16, 2012

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— State officials want to revive a group to work on ways to better align education from pre-kindergarten through college.

In meetings of the Kansas Board of Regents and State Board of Education, members have said there is a need for the state to continue improving coordination of all aspects of education and training.

On Thursday, the Board of Regents, during its monthly meeting, is expected to approve a set of goals that includes working to establish an Education System Coordinating Council.

Under the proposal, the council will be composed of two Board of Regents members, two members of the State Board of Education, the commissioner of education and the chief executive officer of the regents.

The council will identify one to three projects per year aimed at improving integration of the education system between pre-kindergarten and higher education.

A similar effort was made in 2008 by executive order from then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

That order established the Kansas P-20 Education Council, which issued its final report just days after Gov. Sam Brownback took office in January 2011.

The P-20 Council had 22 members representing education and the business community. Its final report recommended strengthening early-childhood education and exploring ways to align education sectors.

At a recent meeting of the Legislative Educational Planning Committee, legislators said they would like coordinating efforts to continue.

“I don’t want to lose that,” said state Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center.

Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins said the way the Education System Coordinating Council is proposed may make it easier to keep it going.

Comments

The_Twelve 1 year, 7 months ago

Considering that the P-20 report came out in Jan 2011, it took 1.5 years to fiugre out that they needed to continue? I really doubt their earnestness now. That IS commitment to education.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

I would also add that vouchers would worsen public education, as the dollars would flow out to subsidize wealthy people sending their kids to parochial schools.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

Parents now have a choice of where to send their children. They just want public money in the form of vouchers to help pay for parochial education.

Vouchers might result in a few kids going to parochial schools who would otherwise not, but the net result will be subsidizing the parochial education of people who already choose parochial over public schools. In other words, a subsidy for the wealthy.

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chootspa 1 year, 7 months ago

I'll tell you what doesn't coordinate education from pk through college. "School choice" initiatives like vouchers, scholarships, and expanded charters. Not that I expect anyone to pay attention to that obvious factoid.

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Paul R Getto 1 year, 7 months ago

Good idea to continue P-20's work.

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