Ed board to review rule on ‘Freedom’ week’

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State Board of Education members are reviewing a proposed regulation outlining requirements for a new “Celebrate Freedom Week” in public schools.

The board scheduled a discussion of a draft version Tuesday afternoon.

A new law that took effect in July requires public schools to hold “Celebrate Freedom Week” in kindergarten through eighth grade.

It’s designated for the week of Sept. 17, the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s signing in 1787. The law says the aim is teaching students about the values upon which the nation was founded.

In keeping with the law, the board’s regulation says schools can’t censor the founders’ religious views.

The board will set a public hearing on the rule after it’s reviewed by the attorney general and Department of Administration.

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