Blake West, a math teacher from the Blue Valley school district who is currently serving as vice president of the Kansas National Education Association, has a bold suggestion: The next state education commissioner should be someone who has worked in schools and has a thorough, up-close, personal knowledge of what goes on there, he told Eagle editorial board members last week. Ordinarily, that would be a given. But conservative members of the State Board of Education de-emphasized education experience in the evaluation criteria, and the main qualification of two of the five final candidates seems to be that they are political conservatives.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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