Goal: support an excellent education system which produces a well-educated, well-trained Kansas workforce for tomorrow’s business needs
The Kansas Chamber supports increasing the quality of education for tomorrow’s workforce and the efficient use of tax dollars through policies that:
- Support a suitable school finance system for K-12 education that ensures taxpayer dollars are adequately and efficiently invested toward instruction in order to provide students and teachers with the resources needed to fulfill the mission of the Department of Education.
- Support a legislative school funding structure which holds the Kansas Department of Education accountable for allocating annual funding in a manner that is equitable and reasonably calculated to truly achieve college or career readiness for all Kansas K-12 students.
- Support policies which promote coordination of resources and alignment of curriculum between K-12 and higher education institutions to ensure the workforce needs of Kansas businesses and career needs of students are being met.
- Support vigorous and dynamic Kansas-based primary and secondary education standards that focus on college and career readiness and which ensure acquisition, retention and comprehension of an essential base of knowledge at every step of the educational process toward a career suited to each student’s interest and ability.
- Support efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers for the benefit of our Kansas children through a system that rewards excellence in teaching and protects against retention and promotion of underperforming teachers.
- Oppose restrictions on certifications which deny otherwise qualified individuals from providing instruction.
- Support efforts to offer parents and students a variety of educational choices regardless of their socio-economic status, and support efforts to create innovative school environments designed to maximize the educational experience of children who don’t thrive in traditional educational settings.
- Support realignment of funding priorities toward individual student needs by creating individualized plans of study and targeting resources toward the successful execution of those plans such that students are truly college and/or career ready.