Vaping, early childhood, school redesign on State Board of Education’s agenda

Concerns about the increase in student use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, will be presented to the State Board of Education.

The presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday and will be conducted by Jordan Roberts, youth prevention manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; David Stubblefield, executive director of school administration for Blue Valley USD 229 and Mark Thompson, education program consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials.

Also on Tuesday, the board will receive an update on work going on to strengthen Kansas’ early childhood system. Through a federal grant, KSDE and other state agencies are conducting community engagement sessions across the state to gather public input on early childhood needs.

In addition, the board will recognize the 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates and alternatives from Kansas. The Delegates are Eli Blaufuss, of Newton High School, and Benjamin Sawaya, of Blue Valley Southwest High School. The alternates are Benjamin Posch, of Eudora High School, and Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, of Dodge City High School.

On Wednesday, the board will hear from Fredonia USD 484 and Beloit USD 273 on how they have partnered with business and industry to help students explore career opportunities as part of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

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