Kansas education officials seeking extension of No Child Left Behind waiver

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News from Kansas.com:

Kansas education officials say they plan to ask for an extension of their waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, saying they are no closer to installing a new teacher evaluation system than they were last summer.

Kansas was put on notice in August that it is at “high risk” of losing its waiver. U.S. Department of Education officials said Kansas had not taken enough steps to use student growth data – test scores or other measures – as part of teacher evaluations.

“We would be able to get our high-risk status removed immediately if we would tell them it’s a percentage – it’s 30 percent of a teacher’s evaluation, or it’s 50 percent,” said Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker.

“And we’ve said, in Kansas, we don’t want to do that. It needs to be a component, but we don’t believe that a weighting is fair.”

Kansas is one of a handful of states with a high-risk waiver. The waivers

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NEW BLOOMFIELD — Early childhood education was again a topic of discussion for the New Bloomfield Board of Education at its meeting last night.

At the Dec. 20 meeting, the board assessed funding of New Bloomfield’s preschool program, which receives $ 40,000 a year from the state. Superintendent David Tramel said the lack of state funding means the district may need to find an internal revenue source to support the program and possibly expand it.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the need for funding to the Parents As Teachers program surfaced.

Currently, New Bloomfield R-III School District pays one part-time parent mentor to visit 15 children twice a month, and the program is at its maximum capacity, according to Sarah Wisdom with New Bloomfield’s special education program. The parent mentor is certified to support children from birth to 3 years old and give parents tools and resources to develop brain activity in their children.

Because the program serves children at the beginning stage of life, parent mentors are able to identify developmental issues and teach parents how to deal with those. Wisdom said by tackling problems early, children are “……………. continues on Fulton Sun

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