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Federal Legislation - January 8, 2002
The State Board of Education is a constitutional body as set
forth in Article 6 of the Constitution of the State of Kansas. This article was the result of an amendment adopted November
8, 1966, which transferred the educational responsibilities formerly
exercised by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to
the State Board of Education, effective January 14, 1969. The
Constitution states that the State Board of Education "shall
have general supervision of public schools, educational institutions
and all the educational interests of the state, except educational
functions delegated by law to the State Board of Regents. The
State Board of Education shall perform such other duties as may
be provided by law." These duties are outlined in K.S.A. 72-7513
and K.S.A. 72-7514.
The Board consists of 10 members elected by the people at the same time that other primary and general elections of state officers are held. The regular term of office is four years and there is no limitation as to the number of terms they may serve. Each Board Member is elected from a particular district comprising four of the 40 senatorial districts of the state. Any citizen is eligible to serve on the State Board except that "no state, school district or community college officer or employee shall be a member of the State Board of Education" (K.S.A. 25-1904).
The Board has the authority to select and appoint a Commissioner of Education who serves as the Board's chief administrative officer. Also, the Board confirms the appointment of assistant commissioners, team leaders and team coordinators upon the Commissioner's recommendation.
Education Progress 1858-1967, Adel F. Throckmorton, June
Prepared for W. C. Kamphchroeder, State Superintendent of Instruction
Published by the State Department of Public Instruction, Topeka, Kansas, June 1967
History of the State of Kansas by William G. Cutler, first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL
Territorial Days in Kansas - Resources on Schools, People, Places, Organizations, Town, Counties, etc.
"HOMELAND SCHOOLS", Cabins to Complexes, Compiled by Republic County Retired Teachers Association, Copyright 1976 (Copy available at the Republic County Historical Society and Museum; Belleville, KS)
A Land of Contrasts, Robert W. Richmond, 4th Edition,
(A copy of this book is located at the KC.Ks Public Library at 625 Minnesota)
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