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72-255. General powers of state board. In general, but not by way of limitation, consonant with other applicable statutory provisions, the state board of education shall:

(a) Adopt and maintain standards, criteria, guidelines or rules and regulations for the following:

(1) School libraries and other educational materials with the exception of textbooks;

(2) courses of study and curriculum;

(3) accreditation of schools including elementary and secondary, public and nonpublic;

(4) certification of administrators, teachers, counselors, school nurses and supervisors of school districts and of the state department of education and of teachers and administrators of nonpublic schools; and

(b) administer the laws of this state concerning the matters named in this section and all other matters relating to general supervision of the public schools and institutions under supervision of the state board of education.

History: L. 1968, ch. 327, § 1; L. 1974, ch. 315, § 1; L. 1975, ch. 380, § 3; L. 2001, ch. 65, § 1; July 1.

Source or Prior Law:


Cross References to Related Sections:

30 units of instruction in grades 9 to 12, see 72-3216.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Collective Negotiations Act, 18 W.L.J. 11, 13 (1978).

"Should There Be Home Rule for Kansas School Districts?" Charles Benjamin, 5 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y, No. 3, 175, 177, 183 (1996).

"The Debate over Evolution," Robert Vaught, 48 K.L.R. 1013 (2000).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Reapportionment of senatorial and representative districts; members of state board of education. 89-11.

School nurses; contracts for telemedicine services. 97-102.

No requirement to revoke or suspend teacher's license upon probable cause finding of Missouri Division of Family Services. 2003-33.


1. Cited; state board of education possesses general supervisory powers over district boards. State, ex rel., v. Board of Education, 212 Kan. 482, 489, 490, 494, 511 P.2d 705.

2. Cited; function of secretary of human resources in professional negotiations does not violate Kansas constitution. NEA-Fort Scott v. U.S.D. No. 234, 225 Kan. 607, 611, 592 P.2d 463.

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