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Education officials say schools need reshaped for the future

Associated Press - September 27, 2015 1:47 pm

Data from the Kansas Department of Education indicates reverting to an old public education funding system that would be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court would hurt schools in suburban Kansas City.

Kansas education officials say the state’s public school system might need a complete overhaul to meet the demands of the future workplace.

Education Commissioner Randy Watson says that could include changes in school culture, new roles for counselors and getting students more real-life work experience.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1NVpk3l) reports Watson spoke on Friday to a group of about 100 educators in Wichita. Earlier this year he and deputy commissioner Brad Neuenswander held discussions across the state to find out what residents want from their education system.

Most said students need non-academic skills such as conscientiousness, persistence, teamwork, emotional stability and work ethic.

Business leaders said personality traits and soft skills are more important for success than academic knowledge.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com.

Doug Clemens

September 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm

I seen a comment like this posted on here but it disappeared evidently this site did not like the truth being spoke. I do and this city has got to stop protecting the Salina School District and the board of education. Like most big district there is to much fat in administration costs. As was pointed out when the school budget is more than the city and county budgets something is wrong. Salina’s school administrators get paid for more then they do. If the superintendent had to do what small district superintendents are required to do he would be long gone. He has to many assistants and has created other positions to handle other things he should be doing. If this station feels this comment is wrong then they should sell the station and get out of Salina. Advertisers will be leaving once people start complaining how they are being treated on this comment forum. Since the station depends on this type of revenue it could disappear on them in a new York minute.

Warren Fair

September 29, 2015 at 1:37 am

I agree with Doug. The Salina school district is way to top heavy with administrators. Also the board of education should not have retired teachers on it. They seem to be part of the problem with keeping the budget in check.

Stan Clemons

September 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

I posted the comment to begin with and it disappeared. Seems this happens quite a bit on here.

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