TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The State Board of Education is preparing to review proposals from two Kansas school districts to be granted innovative status by the state.
Board members on Tuesday will hear staff reports on the plans from the Concordia and McPherson school districts. The two were selected earlier this year by Gov. Sam Brownback and the chairs of the House and Senate Education committees from a pool of applicants.
A 2013 Kansas law allows up to 10 percent of the state’s 286 school districts to be granted innovative status. The designation exempts them from certain state regulations in exchange for the freedom to try new ways to improve student achievement.