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Topeka — The Kansas State Board of Education will take the first official step on Tuesday toward implementing sweeping changes in the way public schools in the state are accredited and held accountable for making sure students receive an adequate education.

During its regular monthly meeting, the 10-member board will officially receive a proposed set of new regulations that represent the first overhaul of an accreditation system that has been in place since 1992, known as Quality Performance Accreditation, or QPA.

Topeka — The chairman of a House committee charged with crafting a new school finance formula plans this coming week to start reviewing the bills that have been introduced so far, and could open formal hearings on one of the bills as early as Thursday.

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About a third of the 2015-2016 Kansas legislature were not re-elected to this 2017 session. Kansans parents ask that this new body of legislators, particularly those returning supporters of public education, to push for transparency and to draw upon the school finance work done by Kansas communities despite legislative directives these past few years.