Too often in Kansas we talk a lot about how much we spend on K-12 education but not nearly enough time talking about student achievement.
Next week the House Education Committee plans to change that (at least for the day) with a series of hearings on Thursday 19 January. Never mind the usual hearings of one person standing up and giving a canned speech. Next week, Rep. Clay Aurand's committee will be having congressional style panels with multiple people testifying at the same time. Hopefully allowing for a more robust discussion. Check out the proposed speaker line up below...subject to chance, unfortunately.
9:00 a.m. – The State of Kansas Education
Dave Trabert - President
of Kansas Policy Institute
Dr. Janet Barresi - Oklahoma State Commissioner of Education and member of Chiefs for Change
Mark Tallman - Kansas Association of School Boards
10:00 a.m. – Public School Reform
Natise Vogt – Walton (KS) Rural Life Center
Gary Lewis – Maize (KS) Virtual Preparatory School
Peter Groff – Visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the Principal of MCG2 Consulting and the former President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Susan Patrick – President of International Association For K-12 Online Learning
The hearings will likely be held in the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Capitol.
After the hearings, Dr. Barresi will present at a public lunch for legislators at the Topeka Capital-Plaza hotel. More details to come.
Unless we start challenging the status quo, more and more Kansas kids will be left behind their peers. Hopefully, this is the first step in the right direction.