May 26, 2024

Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force Announces Challenge Award Recipients

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 78 schools in 28 Kansas public school districts, including Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center and Gertrude Walker Elementary School, as recipients of the 2017 Challenge Awards. Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center received the award in closing the achievement gap in sixth grade reading. Gertrude Walker Elementary School received the award in closing the achievement gap in fourth grade reading.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,500 awards have been presented to schools across the state.

Certificates of Merit will be presented to schools by Kansas State Board of Education members.

The Confidence in Public Education Task Force is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to strengthen confidence in Kansas public education and to increase awareness of the positive aspects of public education in the state. The Task Force was created in 1981.

Members of the Task Force include American Association of University Women; Kansas PTA; Kansas Association of School Boards; Kansas National Education Association; Kansas State Board of Education; Kansas State High School Activities Association; Kansas Partners in Education; League of Women Voters – Kansas; and United School Administrators of Kansas.

For more information about the Challenge Awards program, call Tamla Miller at (785) 296-4950.