News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Kansas Board Closer to Picking New Chief
The Kansas state board of education narrowed the list of candidates to replace former state Commissioner of Education Andy Tompkins to five last week, after a national group that had been helping the board withdrew from the process. The board plans to convene Oct. 4 to discuss the candidates. Mr. Tompkins retired in July.
The process was dealt a setback earlier this month when the National Association of State Boards of Education withdrew as a consultant on the search, citing what it said was a failure in communication with the Kansas board.
The state board hired the Arlington, Va.-based group this summer to create a matrix for evaluating potential candidates.
At a Sept. 7 meeting in Topeka, though, officials from NASBE presented the matrix they had crafted, but “the board had little confidence in the process demonstrated by NASBE,” according to a Sept. 8 letter from Brenda L. Welburn, the organization’s executive director, to Steve Abrams, the board’s chairman.
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