The Kansas Association of School Boards advocacy tour made a stop in Emporia Friday where the future of education was discussed at length.
The 60-minute discussion focused on the five new directions for Kansas education including the Kansans Can vision for success, the new school finance formula, a significant increase in school operating budgets, new accountability based on student success and new models for innovation and improvement to redesign Kansas schools.
Kansas Senate vice president Jeff Longbine says he feels its important that everyone in the school district has an understanding of the formula and the accreditation standards.
Mark Tallman, Associate Executive Director of Advocacy believes the message the public should take away should be around future investment in Kansas education and should be less focused on the increase in taxes.
Other concerns raised included from State Representative Mark Schreiber on how districts will be held accountable and how achievement will be measured going forward. United Way of the Flint Hills executive director Jami Reever also discussed their role supporting student needs. Assistant Superintendent Rob Scheib also discussed how crucial bilingual funding has been for the district.
Members of the USD 253 school board, city commission, and local business community attended the seminar at the Mary Herbert Education Center.