Kan. board questions innovative district law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas education officials are turning to the state’s attorney general for legal guidance about what rules and regulations are keeping school districts from being innovative.

Brad Neuenswander, deputy education commissioner, told the State Board of Education on Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law signed by Gov. Sam Brownback that creates a coalition of innovative districts.

The law is supposed to give up to 29 districts flexibility in following education rules and regulations, but they must follow certain laws regarding such things as accreditation, school finance and open meetings.

Neuenswander says Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has been asked to provide a legal opinion on the law to clarify which rules and regulations can be waived.

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