Vaping, dyslexia, legislative agenda on tap for State Board of Education meeting

The State Board of Education on Tuesday will receive recommendations on curbing e-cigarette use and improving ways to help students with dyslexia.

Here is a link to the State Board’s agenda and background materials.

The E-Cigarette/Vaping Task Force will provide a final draft on keeping tobacco and vaping products out of schools. The task force will also update the board on the Tobacco 21 initiative, which would increase the minimum age in Kansas to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.

The dyslexia recommendations are aimed at improving pre-service teacher programs, professional learning of teachers already in the classroom, screening and evaluating processes for children with dyslexia and dyslexia-like characteristics, and evidence-based reading programs. In addition, the state would create a dyslexia handbook for use by schools and identify a dyslexia coordinator within the Kansas State Department of Education under the proposal.

In other business, the State Board will hear from Kansas City USD 500 students about their science experiment that was conducted on the International Space Station and recognize national finalists from Kansas for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in math and science teaching.

On Wednesday, the board will discuss its legislative agenda for the 2020 session that starts in January.

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