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State Board News June 2013

Citizens’ Open Forum

The State Board of Education heard over three hours of public comments on Emergency Safety Interventions, Common Core reading and math standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards. A big thanks goes to KNEA members Cheryl Shepherd-Adams speaking as Kansas Citizens for Science Vice President; Sarah Berblinger; Carolyn Boyd; Cindy Couchman; Mark Farr; Julie Schwarting, speaking as President of Kansas Association of Biology Teachers; and Dyane Smokorowski for making the trip to Topeka and speaking during the Citizens’ Open Forum.

Next Generation Science Standards

After hearing public feedback, the Board voted 8-2, with Willard and Bacon voting no, to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science. The Next Generation Science Standards Review Committee decided the organization, emphasis, and structure of the NGSS reflect the evidence-based recommendations on teaching and learning in the sciences based on the research since the last major effort to produce comprehensive science standards dating back as far as 20 years. The consensus view of the Kansas NGSS review team was that the standards are a significant improvement over our current standards and have the potential to improve the science and engineering knowledge and skills of Kansas students.

Licensure Fees Set

As required by law, the State Board set licensure fees for the 2013-2014 school year. The renewal of a Professional License remains unchanged at $54. Some renewal rates were increased while others decreased. A chart of license fees can be found by clicking here.

Committee, Commission Appointments

Jonathan Goering, NEA-Kansas City, was appointed to a 3-year term on the Professional Standards Board. He joins KNEA members Shelley Addis, NEA Derby; Adam Bancroft, UTW; Tim Knoles, Independence NEA; Michele Perez, UTW; Kate Thompson, Olathe NEA; Kathy Wagoner, Hays NEA; and Mike Wilson, EA 309 Nickerson/South Hutchinson as teacher representatives.

Matt Fox, Scott County Teachers Association was appointed to a 3-year term on the Licensure Review Committee. He joins KNEA members Ruth Goff, Shawnee Mission NEA and Linda Schukman, Leavenworth NEA.

In other action, the State Board:

Next SBOE Meeting

The State Board will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9 and 10, in Topeka. Board agenda and meeting materials should be available on the KSDE website by Monday, July 1.

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