Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas School Changes in Works

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas School Changes in Works

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The Associated Press

Kansas public school officials are launching a project to overhaul the way education is delivered in the state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported that Kansas State Board of Education members were briefed about the program Wednesday. The "Kansans Can" vision is an initiative to completely change the way K-12 education is taught in Kansas over the next 10 years.

Officials say the project involves tearing apart a 100-year-old structure in which public education is organized around grade levels that are generally determined by a student's age.

"It has worked for a long time, but it was predicated on two concepts," said Randy Watson, state education commissioner. The first "is that most workers were either going to be on a farm or they were going to go to assembly line work. …

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