Only eight Kansas school districts (none from Sedgwick County) applied to exempt themselves from certain regulations governing K-12 education, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. A new law approved this past session allowed up to 29 districts to apply for the exemption. Several of the districts that applied want to exempt themselves from teacher-licensing requirements. The law was dreamed up by GOP lawmakers with little input from state education officials, who also are excluded in its implementation (and are challenging the law’s constitutionality). According to the law, the first two waivers will be decided by Gov. Sam Brownback and the chairs of the House and Senate Education committees, and later applications will be reviewed by a board made up of representatives of the districts that have already received waivers, the Journal-World reported.
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