Education post given to Tanner
Speaker-elect Kent Glasscock has appointed Representative Ralph Tanner, R-Baldwin City, to lead the Education Committee in the Kansas House of Representatives. As chairman, Tanner will provide leadership to House deliberations on the issues relating to elementary and secondary public schooling.
"Ralph has brought a new level of leadership to the education committee," said Glasscock of the former president of Baker University. "He has an unquestionable commitment to providing children a quality education and he has the expertise to understand how to make that happen."
Tanner expressed his gratitude to the speaker-elect for his statement of confidence and indicated that he will pursue the improvement of early childhood offerings in the state as well as teacher quality.
"One of the larger issues facing Kansas schools is the shortage of qualified teaching and leadership personnel," said Tanner. "The legislature hopes to collaborate with the State Board of Education in addressing issues of alternative certification and improving the supply of qualified teachers and school leaders. School finance is another issue that will command a great deal of attention from the legislature during the 2001 session. The governor's task force report as well as the recommendations of various educational leaders in the state will be explored and examined by the House education committee as a part of the coming session's activity."
Representative Ralph Tanner has served Baldwin City's 10th District since 1995.