Thursday, April 5, 2007

Wanted: someone to lead Kansas education

The Hall Monitor has learned that the Kansas State Board of Education has chosen five candidates in the search for the state's next top education guru.

The board members met in late March with the National Association of State Boards of Education. The national organization is helping the board conduct a nationwide search for the next commissioner. Former commissioner Bob Corkins resigned last November after some conservative members of the board lost their re-election campaigns. That changed the board majority from conservative to moderate.

For the moment, the identities of the five candidates is hush-hush. Board vice-chair and Wichita's representative Carol Rupe said that the board read all the applications that were presented to them by the search firm but she couldn't give out any of the candidate's names. "I don't know if that's public information yet," she said.

All five candidates will be interviewed April 26.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you want someone to take charge of education, then it's time to stop putting the blame on schools and teachers for students who do not succeed. We need the KSBE to choose someone who will put it back on kids so that we do not have another Dexter Manley complaining how he went through school never learning how to read. We've created a system through NCLB (No Child Left Behind) for schools to do whatever they can to get kids through, but at what cost? Now my child has to sit in a classroom of constant remediation so that the bottom 5 kids can get the concept? No Child Left Behind really means No Child Gets Ahead. Students are to blame for poor performance as well as parents. I recieved a letter from my son's teacher saying that if he did not master the 22 steps of site words that it would essentially put him behind and fall on our shoulders as parents. I completely agree!

If my child does not perform, I will NOT be blaming the school or the teacher.