With $10 million in federal funding to work with over the next three years, advocates of charter schools are pursuing ways to expand on Kansas’ 27 such schools. One proposal would open two charters in Topeka’s historic former Sumner Elementary School. Charters are championed by controversial Education Commissioner Bob Corkins, though state law still requires that each charter be approved by its local school board and the State Board of Education. State board member Bill Wagnon got at one good reason for skepticism about this charter push: “My general concern about the whole notion of charters is that it’s premised on the assumption the public school system is not responsive to innovation. I don’t buy into that one bit.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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