TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly received the Governor’s Council on Education’s annual report, which includes a set of recommendations designed to improve educational outcomes for all Kansas students through greater collaboration between the business and education sectors. The improvements recommended by the Council aim to advance early childhood education, increase workforce-related opportunities for high school students, improve post-secondary transitions for our students, and increase coordination for technical education.
“I established the Council on Education not only because I believe educating our children is one of the most important obligations of our elected leaders, but also because it is one of the best economic investments we can make as a state,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “I am proud of the work the Board has done over the past four years in finding innovative ways to provide for our students and look forward to responding to their recommendations to ensure Kansas students have access to the best education in the country.” .
The bipartisan panel of stakeholders and policy experts spent 2022 traveling across the state to hear directly from educators and businesses about the most pressing issues shaping education in Kansas. Governor Kelly established the Governor’s Council on Education in 2019 to bring together education and business leaders to realize a shared vision of greater prosperity and seek ways to improve early childhood education and develop partnerships to meet the needs of the workforce in Kansas.
“We are grateful to Governor Kelly for the opportunity to learn from and with amazing leaders representing educators and businesses across Kansas. We are confident that the Council’s work will strengthen our state by aligning education with business and creating opportunities for all Kansans,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane and Dr. Fred Dierksen, co-chairs of Governor Kelly’s Education Council.
The Council’s report is available here.