SAVING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Before Kansas settlers built prisons, they built public schools. Our state’s founding fathers believed so strongly in the importance of public education that they guaranteed it in the Kansas Constitution. We have had required school attendance since 1874 because we understood the connection between education and success. For years, many of our leaders no longer connected good schools with a bright future.
They cut funding for early childhood education, even though we know it is the key to later learning. They redirected our tax dollars to private schools. While other states invested in public education, our governor and legislature attacked the very roots of our education system, causing an exodus of teachers and administrators to other states. With the 2016 elections, however, I believe we now have a more public school friendly Legislature.
I am honored to now be serving on the Kansas State Board of Education so that I may work for every child’s success along with the Legislature. The State Board’s KansansCAN vision is the “moon shot” goal we need to help every child succeed. Here is some information about the KansansCAN Vision.
Kansans are demanding higher standards in academic skills, as well as employability and citizenship skills, and the need to move away from a “one-size-fits-all” system that relies exclusively on state assessments. This new vision for education calls for a more student-focused system that provides support and resources for individual success and will require everyone to work together to make it a reality. Together, Kansans Can.
Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.
OUTCOMES TO BE MEASURED
- Kindergarten readiness
- Individual Plan of Study based on career interest
- Graduation rates
- Postsecondary attendance/attainment
- Social/emotional growth measured locally
A successful Kansas high school graduate has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.
Ann’s Education Credentials:
- Bachelor of Science in Education; Master of Science in Curriculum
- Taught high school science 5 ½ years at Chase County and Emporia High Schools
- Served as the public representative on the team that rewrote the K12 reading and writing standards in the 1990s
- Served on the Kansas Department of Education QPA advisory council
- Served on the Kansas Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education.
- Served as a KACCTE team leader to create the Government career path of study for high school students wanting to explore a career in public service.
- Served on the House education and higher education committees. Championed the bill that created the Technical Education Authority so more students could get technical certificates in high school and have a smoother transition from high school to work or college.
- Served 15 years on the AdvancEd (formerly North Central Association) Kansas state committee, doing K12 accreditation for public and private schools.
- Served on the North Central Association national committee on technical education, accrediting technical schools and colleges in the 19-state region.