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Mark Farr

Vice President

Kansas National Education Association

HQ Phone: (785) 232-8271

Kansas National Education Association

715 SW 10Th Avenue

Topeka, Kansas 66612

United States

Company Description

The Kansas National Education Association's mission is to empower its members to promote quality public schools, strengthen the teaching profession and improve the well-being of members. KNEA Strategic Priorities are: Advance the cause of Kansas public ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Science Teacher
Nickerson High School

Affiliations

Board Member
National Endowment for the Arts

Secretary-Treasurer
Sterling Junior High School

Mentor Teacher and Member
Wichita State University Phi Kappa Phi Chapter

Education

Associate of Arts degree

Hutchinson Community College

Bachelor of Science
Secondary

Master of Education

Wichita State University

Web References (55 Total References)


In Kansas, there are also critical ...

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In Kansas, there are also critical teacher shortages, but "opening classrooms to untrained and unqualified individuals is not the solution," says science teacher Mark Farr.

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Farr, who is also president of the Kansas National Education Association, says the legislature is merely using any shortages to fill this expanding coalition of districts with non-licensed teachers. The goal? Further de-professionalize teaching and strip educators of their collective voice.
"This is an attempt to circumvent collective bargaining and regulations designed to ensure fairness, safety and quality," Farr explains. "The fact that the extreme anti-public education majority in the Kansas Legislature sought to expand this coalition before even a single year was complete speaks to the real motivation here."
Even if a state believes that it has no choice but to fill teaching positions with underprepared candidates, students in disadvantaged schools are the ones who are ultimately pay the price. "Pitting highly qualified, licensed teachers against unqualified individuals is a recipe for further inequality," Farr says.


Kansas NEA President ...

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Kansas NEA President Mark Farr said in a statement: "In a courageous and well-reasoned opinion, the Supreme Court of Kansas has once again ruled that the state legislature is not meeting its constitutional obligation to Kansas public schools.


"Instead of funding our schools, ...

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"Instead of funding our schools, (lawmakers) are vilifying our teachers," said Mark Farr, a high school science teacher now serving as president of the Kansas National Education Association.


"Instead of funding our schools, ...

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"Instead of funding our schools, (lawmakers) are vilifying our teachers," said Mark Farr, a high school science teacher now serving as president of the Kansas National Education Association.


Some schools are pushing classroom sizes ...

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Some schools are pushing classroom sizes of 40 students because of inadequate block grant funding from the state, and some elementary classrooms are approaching 30 students, said Mark Farr, president of the Kansas National Education Association. He added that research shows that elementary classrooms need to be closer to 15-18 students to be successful.

"If the governor really wants to help our schools, he would fund our schools," Farr said.

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