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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

hyperinflate 2 years, 3 months ago

Doubtful the word "Jesus" appeared in the final report so it will probably have to be scrapped.

chootspa 2 years, 3 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.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 3 months ago

Are you saying parents should not have a choice of where to send their children?

chootspa 2 years, 3 months ago

Parents already have the choice of where to send their children. Sometimes that involves finding money or scholarships, but they're not legally prevented from attending private, parochial, or home schools.

The taxpayers should not be in the business of handing out cash to unregulated schools. If you don't want the state to dictate standards to parochial and private schools, you should also oppose handing out taxpayer funded coupons to attend them.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree with you. I wasn't sure if your first comment was advocating for an elimination of choice for parents. I, too, oppose vouchers.

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 3 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.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 3 months ago

I've chosen a parochial education for my child. I have never asked for a voucher of any kind nor do I support vouchers.

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 3 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.

Orwell 2 years, 3 months ago

But that's fine with the "hate everything about government" crowd. They have to interfere with public education in order to guarantee the truth of their claim that government can't do things well. Pretty much like blowing a hole in the dam so you can claim the dam's not safe.

The_Twelve 2 years, 3 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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