Ken Willard

9:32 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

The Kansas State Board of Education will be asking lawmakers to increase school funding by more than $600 million in the coming fiscal year. That would be an increase of more than 20 percent. That decision came at a meeting in Topeka Tuesday.

The board members voted 7-3 to make the request for increased funding. More than $400 million would go to the base state aid per student that is paid to districts. The money would also increase funding for professional development and school lunch programs.

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9:48 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

A packed committee room for the bill's hearing.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.

The legislation would cut back on the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five. Supporters of the change say it will allow administrators to allocate resources and respond to demands on the education system.

Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Governor Sam Brownback.

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7:34 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Concern About Evolution As Kansas Helps Set National Science Standards

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Kansas education officials are working with 25 other states to develop new science standards that could serve as a model for the rest of the country. 

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