Kansas Universities pressed to upgrade teacher preparation in science of reading.
TOPEKA — A group of Republican legislators expressed frustration state universities in Kansas wouldn’t begin requiring until August 2024 that education students complete two courses in the science of reading instruction despite evidence more of the state’s K-12 students lacked proficiency in reading.
Sen. Beverly Gossage, a Republican from Eudora, said Kansas teachers must be able to recognize when curriculum was failing a student.
Sen. Renee Erickson, a Wichita Republican, said teaching children to read had to be the top priority in Kansas elementary schools.
“What have the teacher colleges been doing to prepare elementary school teachers to teach reading?
Read more from this article in Kansas Reflector published Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
AUTHOR: Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International.