KASB today will report live from D.C. Busting the Myth school choice eventScott Rothschild
KASB today will report live from a Congressional briefing featuring the USD 259 Wichita Public Schools’ magnet programs.
The National School Boards Association is sponsoring “Our Public Schools: Expanding the Horizon of Educational Choice” at 10 a.m. Central at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The event will highlight successful public-school choice initiatives in Wichita; Richland District 2, South Carolina; and Hazen Union High School, Hardwick, Vermont.
Terrell Davis, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects, Wichita Public Schools, will represent USD 259.
Davis will discuss how the state’s largest school district offers choice to the district’s diverse student population and the role of magnet schools in USD 259’s six-year gain in graduation rates. The magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools operated within the Wichita Public Schools system. Each has a theme or organizational structure designed to appeal to students’ interests and learning styles, including STEM, Fine and Performing Arts, Community Service, Internal Studies, and Technology and Career Explorations. The schools use district and Kansas College and Career Ready standards in all subject areas.
In addition to the state panelists, Patte Barth of the Center for Public Education (CPE) will release the CPE’s new report, “Busting the Myth of ‘one-size-fits-all’ public education,” which examines choice opportunities in America’s public schools.
The briefing will be broadcast live on NSBA’s Facebook page. KASB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist Leah Fliter will live Tweet from the event at the hashtag #bustingthemyth.
Davis and Fliter met with Sen. Jerry Moran on Monday to preview Davis’ presentation and highlight other areas of concern to Kansas educational leaders. They also met with staff in the D.C. offices of Representatives Ron Estes and Roger Marshall. Watch KASB’s Facebook and Twitter feeds and follow Fliter @leahfliter for updates.