Governor creates education council

Governor Jeff Colyer signed an executive order Wednesday creating an education council representing a wide range of K-12 and higher education groups, including KASB, as well as political and business appointments. 

The council will be co-chaired by the Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, and the President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, Dr. Blake Flanders. It will be staffed by KSDE and KBOR along with the Executive Director of Business and Education Innovation from the Kansas Department of Commerce, Dr. Diane DeBacker, a former Commissioner of Education. 

The purpose of the council is to: 

Establish a vision statement and guiding principles that reflect the collaborative goals of the Council to build on successes and improve the education system in Kansas. 

Explore methods for integrating college and workforce preparedness into K-12 learning programs that align with and compliment the work of the Kansans Can initiative of the KSDE. 

Consider the application of public-private partnerships in developing industry specific learning goals. d. Inventory and assess existing workforce development initiatives within the state. 

Discuss a system for measuring effectiveness and accountability of P20 educational opportunities beyond the common and known metrics. 

Inform and advise the Governor on educational initiatives and policies to improve the overall success of education and workforce development in Kansas.  

Member of the council will include the following: 

The Governor shall appoint one representative from each of the following agencies and organizations to serve as members of the Council: a. Governor’s Office b. Kansas Children’s Cabinet c. Kansas Department for Children and Families d. Kansas Department of Labor e. Kansas Department of Commerce f. Kansas Association of School Boards g. United School Administrators of Kansas h. Kansas Association of Community College Trustees i. Kansas Independent Colleges Association j. Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools k. Kansas Association of Technical Colleges l. Kansas Association of Workforce Boards m. Kansas Parent Teacher Association n. Kansas National Education Association o. Kansas Association of American Educators p. United Teachers of Wichita  

The President & CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) and the Commissioner of Education of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) shall serve as co-chairs and ex-officio members of the Council. 

KBOR and KSDE shall each appoint two (2) additional representatives to the Council. 

The Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, House Majority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, House Minority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader may each appoint one (1) member to serve on the Council. 

The Governor shall appoint 3-5 members from the business community to serve on the Council.  

Share this post