Kansas innovative school districts to be picked

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Officials from eight school districts are making their final pitch to the governor and two key legislators for inclusion as initial board members of the Kansas Coalition of Innovative School Districts.

A 2013 law created the process for districts to seek innovative status, meaning they would be exempt from state rules and regulations in exchange for the freedom to develop strategies to boost student achievement. The districts would operate similar to charter schools, but still be accountable to local boards of education and the State Board of Education.

The district officials will make presentations Wednesday to Gov. Sam Brownback, House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley and Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams.

Two initial districts will serve as the board that will approve future applications for innovative status.

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