Board Tables Licensure Proposals
On a 9-0 vote, the State Board voted to table until June the package of licensure proposals scheduled for action at the April meeting. During the 60-day public comment period, which culminated in a public hearing on Tuesday afternoon, State Board members received hundreds of emails, phone calls and personal communications regarding regulation 91-1-214, criminal history records check. The vote was 9-0 because John Bacon, district 3, did not attend the meeting due to work obligations.
At the public hearing, KNEA vice president Karen Godfrey opposed the regulation, as directed by a new business item from the 2011 KNEA Representative Assembly. In addition, Randy Mousley, vice president of UTW and chair of the Professional Practices Commission, and Peg Dunlap, director of Instructional Advocacy, spoke against the regulation.
In discussion Wednesday, Board members stated repeatedly that the solution being proposed, a fingerprint background check at every renewal, did not address the problem to be solved. They also expressed concerns about superintendents and county/district attorneys not doing their jobs in reporting, as required by regulation and statute, about repeated fingerprint requirements and even about fingerprinting in principle. They did express concerns, also, that over half of Kansas license holders have never been fingerprinted, since the requirement only went into effect in 2002.
KSDE staff is to bring a proposal to the June SBOE meeting that would address the concerns raised by Board members. KNEA staff will work closely with KSDE staff as they draft the new proposal, to ensure that as many member concerns as possible are reflected in the new language. The new language will probably have to complete the entire regulatory review process, including review by the Attorney General and the Department of Administration, publication in the Kansas Record, setting a public hearing date, and holding a public hearing at least 60 days later.
In other action, the State Board
· Discussed a resolution on the inclusion of Black history in the history/government social studies standards
· Heard a report on the work of Kansas’ team which was part of the National Governors’ Association Policy Academy on alternative compensation models
· Endorsed a plan from Kansans for Children in Nature
· Recognized the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools
o Franklin Elementary School, USD 475 Geary County
o Garden Plain High School, USD 267 Renwick
o Lakeside Intermediate School, USD 272 Waconda
o St. George Elementary School, USD 323 Rock Creek
o Woodlawn Elementary School, USD 497 Lawrence
· Approved 8 licensure waivers
o 6 special education
o 1 ELL
o 1earth space science
· Approved an Ed Flex waiver for Maize South Elementary, USD 266
· Approved a request for a bond election from USD 230, Spring Hill
All materials supporting the April meeting can be found at http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=4489
May State Board Meeting
The State Board will meet in Topeka on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 and 10. The agenda and board materials should be available on the KSDE website, http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=4489on by Monday, May 2.