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January 3, 2013

State Board of Education meeting delayed for a week

The Kansas State Board of Education meeting, originally scheduled for next week, will take place Jan. 15 and 16, officials said Thursday.

The Kansas State Board of Education meeting, originally scheduled for next week, will take place Jan. 15 and 16, officials said Thursday.

Kathy Toelkes, spokeswoman for the State Department of Education, said in an e-mail that state law prohibits newly elected state office holders from serving prior to the second Monday in January following their election, so the meeting was rescheduled.

Four new board members who won election to the 10-member board — including Kathy Busch and Jim McNiece from Wichita — are scheduled to be sworn in at the start of the January meeting in Topeka.

During the meeting, board members will hear an update on a national project to draft new science standards, and will learn about progress toward writing new standards for history, government and social studies.

The board also will choose a chairman to replace David Dennis of Wichita, who did not seek re-election.

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