Kansas board to hear legislative, science update

The Kansas Board of Education will get an update this week on school-related legislation and an effort to develop new standards to guide science instruction in the state.

The board is meeting Tuesday in Topeka, then moves Wednesday to state schools for blind and deaf students in the Kansas City area.

Several education-related bills are under consideration in the Legislature, including one that would make it easier to open charter schools.

The board has been receiving regular updates on science standards, even though a final vote isn’t expected until at least May. Kansas and 25 other states are working on common standards for possible adoption in their public schools.

Past work on science standards in Kansas has been overshadowed by debates about how evolution should be taught.