Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Talking education

Governor to have education forums

September 4, 2003

Education has long been my top priority and our state's primary responsibility. Kansas education has a strong and nationally respected history.
Kansas students perform well on a broad number of measures and consistently rank among the nation's best students. Inheriting this tradition of excellence places high expectations upon my shoulders. Kansas students do receive excellent educations, but it is my intention to not stop working until our Kansas students enjoy not merely a good education but instead the best teachers, the best schools and most supportive communities in the nation.
I firmly believe Kansas' continued success rests upon a strong and healthy education system that provides a quality education to every Kansas student. I first committed my office to this goal when I assembled a 27-member Education Task Force consisting of education leaders from across our state. This talented group was charged with examining and investigating three areas of Kansas education: academic performance, education leadership, and cost and efficiencies. During the past six months this group has developed a wide range of exciting proposals and improvements.
Plans and ideas alone will not make Kansas a leader in education. To reach our goal requires the support and commitment of not just the Governor's office but every community school board, every Kansas teacher, and every Kansas parent. We as a state must be committed to our children's future and the future of our state.
We must work together to improve our children's lives and guarantee every Kansas student, preschool through college, receives the best possible education. Communities must work together to create programs that help children enter school ready and prepared to learn. Colleges and communities must work together to prepare Kansas students for the new demands of today's job market.
Only through working together can Kansas become the nation's premier education state. That is why I am encouraging every Kansan to attend and take part in the Education Policy Forums my office has scheduled across the state. During the next few weeks a total of six different education forums will be conducted, allowing Kansans to listen to our proposals, express their opinions, and offer new ideas. Please come participate and support the future of Kansas' students. Together we can provide our Kansas students with the education and opportunity they deserve.
The forums are open to all. There will be Sept. 17 forums in Johnson and Wynadotte counties. The sites are:
¢Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City -- 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
¢Johnson County Community College Carlsen Center, 1234 College Blvd., Overland Park -- 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m.

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