SB 35--
By Committee on Education

AN ACT establishing the Kansas school board development program. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas: Section 1. There is hereby established the Kansas school board de- velopment program. As used in this act, the term ``school board'' means the board of education of a unified school district. Sec. 2. The state board of education shall adopt rules and regulations for administration of the Kansas school board development program and shall prescribe and adopt standards and procedures for accreditation of sponsors of courses, programs, or other school board development activ- ities for school board members. Sec. 3. (a) Each member of a school board shall earn a minimum of 10 credit hours of board development in each year. (b) Credit hours shall be reported to the state board of education in such form and manner as the state board shall prescribe. (c) The state board may grant waivers or extensions of time to com- plete development program requirements because of hardship, disability or other good cause. Sec. 4. (a) An organization or person desiring accreditation as a spon- sor of courses, programs, or other school board development activities for board members of this state, may apply for accreditation to the state board. The state board shall accredit a sponsor if the state board is sat- isfied that the sponsor's program will meet the standards prescribed un- der section 2. (b) The state board may at any time reevaluate an accredited sponsor. If after such reevaluation, the state board finds there is cause for revo- cation of the accreditation of a sponsor, the state board, after a hearing held upon 30 days' written notice, may revoke the accreditation of the sponsor. If the state board in its judgment concludes that a course fails to meet the standards for accreditation, the state board may deny or withdraw approval for the course even though offered by an accredited sponsor. Sec. 5. A school board member seeking credit for attendance at or participation in an educational activity which was conducted by an un- accredited sponsor or was otherwise unaccredited shall submit to the state board a request for credit, which request shall include a description of the activity, dates, subjects, instructors and their qualifications, the num- ber of credit hours requested and any other information required by the state board. Within 90 days after receipt of such request, the state board shall advise the school board member in writing whether credit is granted and the amount of development credit allowed. Sec. 6. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.