Kansas education commissioner to host community conversations

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson will host a series of community conversations titled “Kansas Children, Kansas’ Future” in more than a dozen locations throughout the state.

The sessions are designed to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, members of the business community and others to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they think education should play in supporting that future.

The Wichita session will be 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the School Service Center, 3850 N. Hydraulic.

Attendees will work in small groups to discuss questions such as:

▪ What are the characteristics, qualities, abilities and skills of a successful 24-year-old Kansan?

▪ What is the role of K-12 education in achieving this future, and how should K-12 measure indicators toward that success?

▪ What is the role of higher education in achieving this future?

Information from the sessions will be used to begin building the state’s strategic plan for education, officials said.

For a list of all the sessions, go to For more information about the sessions, contact Penny Rice at the Department of Education at 785-296-3202 or e-mail

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