Kansas State Department of Education

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The Mission of the State Board of Education is to prepare Kansas students for lifelong success through rigorous, quality academic instruction, career training and character development according to each student's gifts and talents. The Kansans CAN Vision is to Lead the World in the Success of Each Student.

The Kansas State Board of Education consists of 10 elected members, each representing a district comprised of four contiguous senatorial districts. Board members serve four-year terms with an overlapping schedule. (View each one's profile and contact information by selecting his/her photo). Every other year, the State Board reorganizes to elect a chair and vice-chair. The current Chair is Jim Porter and the Vice Chair is Janet Waugh. The State Board appoints a Commissioner of Education who serves as its executive director. Current Commissioner is Dr. Randy Watson.

Kansas State Boad of Education District MapDistrict 5 - Sally CaubleDistrict 6 - Deena HorstDistrict 4 - Ann E. MahDistrict 1 - Janet WaughDistrict 2 - Steve RobertsDistrict 10 - Jim McNieceDistrict 7 - Kenneth WillardDistrict 8 - Kathy BuschDistrict 9 - Jim PorterDistrict 3 - John W. Bacon

External Resources

Board Secretary
Peggy Hill

Board Member Contact Information  (PDF)  

Kansas State Board of Education
Monthly Board Meeting
December 14 and 15, 2021

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The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. (more information...)

To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations or for more information please contact the Office of General Counsel at ogc@ksde.org or by 785-296-3201.