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Wed November 16, 2005
Kansas Board of Education gripped with controversy, dissension
By Ben Embry
Kansas City, MO – The debate over education in Kansas has deepened the divide between state Board of Education members as moderate Republicans and Democrats clash with conservatives over a number of volatile issues. The hiring of education commissioner Bob Corkins, the recent decision to inject criticism of evolution into science classrooms and the battle brewing over charter schools and school vouchers has caused intense division between the two camps and put the board under intense public scrutiny. As next year's elections loom, the state of Kansas could be facing an especially hard fought election. KCUR's Ben Embry reports.