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Brooks won’t do it. So stop asking.

Wichita school district superintendent Winston Brooks doesn’t want to be the next education commissioner.

So don’t ask him.

Brooks told me, after other media inquiries, that he has no desire to be the state’s highest ranking educational guru.

As the leader of the largest urban school district in the state (and in the region for that matter) Brooks sits in a high profile position. He is the president of the Kansas Association of School Administrators. His term ends in June. Brooks was also a finalist for the Richard R. Green Award, a national award given to leaders of urban school districts. (He lost out to Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hill.) And he’s also gotten national exposure for the money he receives from area business owners that supplements his salary as well as expelling the Edison concept out of the district.

State education board members are meeting today with Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, the group in charge of finding the next commissioner.

Board members get educated

One of the main criticisms of former state education commissioner Bob Corkins was that he had no educational experience and, by extension, didn’t know what the state’s education issues were.

But according to a media advisory sent to The Hall Monitor from the Kansas State Department of Education, neither do the board members.

The media advisory announces a meeting with Brenda Welburn, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education. The organization has been contracted to help find the state education commissioner.

The topic of the meeting:

“Mrs. Welborn and State Board members will discuss the results of the environmental survey conducted by NASBE to define the top education issues in Kansas.”

The national organization will base their discussions based on conversations with board members, the governor, legislative leaders, businesses and education organizations.