Kansas Board of Regents urged to discuss state dental school

Dentist (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Board of Regents is being asked to consider establishing the state’s first school of dentistry.

The proposal was presented during a regents’ meeting on Tuesday. Proponents said the most feasible site for the proposed school would be the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the university is not pushing the idea and the regents also have not discussed the proposal.

Since 1964, Kansas has had a reciprocal agreement with Missouri to allow Kansas residents to pay in-state tuition to study optometry and dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Regent Daniel Thomas, who led a task force before he was appointed to the board, says Kansas isn’t getting what it needs from that agreement.

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