TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The 2022 Governor’s Council Education report appears to focus on early education, post-secondary transitions, and technical education.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced that she has received the Governor’s Council on Education’s annual report. The report includes a number of recommendations for improving educational outcomes for all students through greater collaboration between the business and education sectors.
Governor Kelly indicated that the Council’s recommendations aim to advance early childhood education, increase workforce-related opportunities for high school students, improve postsecondary transitions for 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,” 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.” .
Kelly noted that the bipartisan group of stakeholders and experts spent 2022 traveling throughout Kansas to hear directly from educators and businesses about their greatest needs. She established the Council in 2019 to bring together leaders from education and business to achieve a shared vision.
“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 report recommends to the state:
- Improve alignment of early childhood education and care systems across state agencies.
- Increase opportunities for high school students to earn certifications and credentials that cut across industries.
- Leverage existing resources and structures to facilitate more effective postsecondary transitions for Kansas students.
- Task the technical education authority to improve the coordination of technical education pathways between primary and secondary education and post-secondary education.
To read the full report, click HERE.