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The record: A database by school district and schools listing educators licensed by the state.
Why you’d want it: To check the license for an educator or to simply get a list of teachers at a certain school.
Where you get it: Go to the Kansas State Department of Education’s website at www.ksde.org. Click on “Educator Licensure” from the menu on the left side of the home page. Then click on the “license lookup” link under the “Frequently Requested Information” menu. Select the school district in which you are interested and then the school (called “building” in the search field). If you click on the drop-down arrow on the educator name field, the names of all licensed educators at that school will display. Then you can click on a specific educator to get information about his or her license.
How much the record will cost: The information is free.