Next stop for education listening tour will be chambers of commerce

By Kansas Association of School Boards
April 23, 2015

Education officials will take their listening tour to the Kansas business community.

The Kansas Children, Kansas’ Future meetings, which were held earlier this year across the state, will now be held with Chambers of Commerce in several cities.

The first meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Monday in Pittsburg. Additional events will be held in Manhattan, Wichita, Dodge City, Lawrence and Great Bend.

Incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson, Interim Commissioner Brad Neuenswander and members of the Kansas State Board of Education have facilitated nearly 20 meetings to discuss the future of Kansas education.

Input from the meetings will be used to help Watson and the education board set goals for the Kansas education system.

The new round of meetings will focus on reaching out to the business community to address the following questions:

What are the characteristics, qualities, abilities and skills of a successful 24-year-old Kansan?

What are the needs of business and industry and what skills and abilities are lacking in today’s 24-year old?

How can business and industry partner with K-12 and higher education in creating the 24-year-old that has those skills and abilities?