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March 2011 State Board News


Board Members Admonish Chappell, Who Promises to Change

Following a one-hour executive session, members of the State Board of Education returned to open session for almost another hour to express concerns and frustrations with actions of Walt Chappell, who represents District 8, Wichita.

Board members described receiving calls, emails and letters from friends, constituents and legislators who were concerned that letters from Dr. Chappell printed in various newspapers and/or distributed to legislators represented positions of the State Board.

Dave Dennis, chair of the board, expressed concerns that Chappell was not following several board policies, all of which deal with "boardsmanship," or how members of the board are expected to conduct themselves.

Several board members expressed extreme frustration that these concerns have been brought to Chappell's attention multiple times and that his activities have continued.

Chappell's response to the concerns reiterated the content of his letters about school funding and did not address the issue of adherence to board policies.

Chappell agreed to change his email signature by removing "state board of education" from the name tag and from the signature block.

A motion to inform the public that in the past, Dr. Chappell was speaking only for himself and that in the future the board does not expect there to be any confusion about that failed, 5-3-1-1.  Voting for the motion were Carolyn Campbell, Sally Cauble, Jana Shaver, Sue Storm and Janet Waugh.  Voting against the motion were Walt Chappell, Dave Dennis and Ken Willard.  Kathy Martin abstained and John Bacon left the meeting during the executive session.

Both Dennis and Willard explained their votes by saying that the motion was not necessary because they believed Dr. Chappell would do what he agreed to do.

After the meeting adjourned, Dennis and Willard were overheard speaking to Chappell using heated language and raised voices.


USDE Approves McPherson Waiver Request
Dr. Randy Watson, superintendent of USD 418, McPherson, explained the waiver received from the US Department of Education to use different assessments to measure student growth.  The district will use a package of assessments from ACT for students in grades 6-12.  Students at the elementary grades will continue to use state assessments.

Accompanied by district administrators and local BOE members, Watson explained that the purpose was not to avoid state assessments but to better engage with students and families about what students need to be successful in whatever they decide to do following graduation.

The district will now work with KSDE and USDE to determine how AYP will be calculated for the district.

In other action, the State Board:
*Received a plan from Kansans for Children in Nature
*Set a third session to finalize mission and goals
*Discussed NASBE recommendations regarding reauthorization of ESEA
*Reviewed legislative and budget issues
*Approved recommendations from the Professional Practices Commission to revoke 3 licenses
*Approved 26 licensure waivers
      o 20 special education
      o Two mathematics
      o Two extension of days on substitute license
      o Two ESOL
*Approved recommendations from the License Review Committee to
      o Approve seven requests
      o Deny three requests
 *Approved Revised Curricular Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL]
 *Visited the Kansas State School for the Deaf and the Kansas State School for the Blind


April Meeting - Will Include Licensure Regulations Hearing
The next meeting of the State Board will be Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13.  Board agenda and materials should be available no later than Monday, April 4.  In addition to the regular meeting, the Board will have a retreat session on Wednesday afternoon, the 13th, to finalize their 2011-12 mission and goals.

At 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 12, the Board will hold a public hearing on several proposed changes to the licensure regulations.  Watch your email and the KNEA website for additional information about this hearing and how you can participate.

 


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