New Governor’s Education Council will have first meeting Monday at KASB

Gov. Jeff Colyer’s newly established Governor’s Education Council will hold its inaugural meeting at 9 a.m. Monday at KASB headquarters.

Colyer formed the council through an executive order to explore ways of integrating college and workforce preparedness in K-12 education. The effort will work alongside the Kansans Can initiative of the State Board of Education and Kansas Department of Education, Colyer said.

The council will be co-chaired by Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson and Kansas Board of Regents CEO and President Blake Flanders. It will be staffed by KSDE, KBOR and Diane DeBacker, the executive director of Business and Innovation with the Kansas Department of Commerce. DeBacker is a former Kansas education commissioner.

The council includes representatives from public schools, higher education, businesses and state agencies. KASB’s representative on the council is Executive Director John Heim. The council will make recommendations to the Legislature and governor.

Colyer will attend the meeting and discuss with council members the importance of the council and his charge to improve and advance education in Kansas.

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