Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to replace the state teacher-of-the-year program with a cash-awards system.
The proposal would establish the new program, which would dole out thousands of dollars to chosen teachers, and prohibit the Kansas education department from running any similar awards program.
Teacher of the year winners are currently selected by a large committee composed of educators, administrators, boards of education, parents, and other education organization representatives.
The proposed replacement would see winners selected by a 13-member committee made up of three administrators, a superintendent, four business representatives chosen by House and Senate leaders, four members of the legislature, and a previous winner.
A version of this article appeared in the March 25, 2015 edition of Education Week as Teacher of the Year Program In Jeopardy in Kansas