Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

KNEA assembly draws from Lansing

April 21, 2005

Six members of Lansing USD 469's staff attended the Kansas National Education Association Representative Assembly, which was April 15-17 in Topeka.

Nearly 700 delegates from across Kansas attended, including Lansing's Sherri Schwanz, Kevin Riemann, Patricia McKinney, Sue Lednicky, Bianca Elliott and Barbara Haag.

The delegates discussed and voted on the association's goals, policies and guidelines related to teaching and education through the state.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius made a surprise visit on Sunday to address the delegates. After praising Kansas' teachers as the "best in the world," she shared her opinion of the most recent school funding bill.

"It is a phony education measure because it is not funded," she said. The governor suggested delegates encourage their legislators to "do the work they were elected to do - fund public schools on an ongoing basis. If the Legislature can put together a 10-year plan dedicated to funding highways then, for heaven sakes, they can put together a plan for schools."

Delegates also honored retiring Kansas Commissioner of Education Andy Tompkins for his service to the teaching profession.


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