The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1997 · Page 9
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THURSDAY MAY 15, 19§7 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B V EDUCATION State board considers licensing plan for teachers Teachers would be required to have higher grades and go through 2-year 'residency' From Staff and Wire Reports TOPEKA — It is going to become more complicated to become a teacher in Kansas if the state Board of Education adopts a licensing proposal developed by an advisory committee. The board reviewed at length Wednesday a plan created by its Teaching and School Administration Professional Standards Advisory Board, but took no action. Advisory board members conceded the plan needs refinement. It recommended sending the proposal back to committees to t'ewrite standards in some teaching areas. - ; "There is still work that needs to be com' pleted over the summer and fall in order to make this proposal complete," the advisory board's report said. The state board got its first formal look at the plan to convert what has been a certification system into a licensing system for new teachers in Kansas. Most veteran teachers would continue to teach under their current certification standards, including some who already hold "life" teaching certificates. The plan delivered to the state board recommended revoking 100 regulations governing certification of teachers, while replacing 27 of them, revising 16 and creating three more. For new teachers coming out of colleges and universities, the changes will be dramatic. Karen Gallagher, chairwoman of the standards board and dean of the College of Education at the University of Kansas, told the state board the plan constitutes "a vision of the classroom teacher in the 21st century," and is based on the premise that teachers are "a critical part of the equation of what children need to learn." Basically, the plan switches Kansas to a licensing system under which new teachers who meet certain requirements based on their college training — including i minimum 2.75 grade-point average, which is up from the current 2.5 GPA — would be issued conditional teaching licenses good for two years. During that two-year period, which those who developed the plan have likened to medical school graduates going through residency programs, the new teachers would be closely monitored by a team of evaluators. If they passed this "probationary" period, they would be issued professional teaching licenses good for five years, and renewable. Plan has South teacher's backing Mary Ann Trickle, a longtime teacher at Salina South High School who is heavily involved with the National Education Association, said the proposal is a good idea because it is concentrating on the developmental level instead of the age level of a child. She also said she thought licensing was a "more professional way to go" instead of the current form of certification. But there has been some skepticism among the teachers, she said. "I don't think some of the teachers have been as deeply involved as I have in this issue, and I think the skepticism comes from a lack of being informed," Trickle said. Administrators, specialists not exempt There also would be licenses for administrators, specialists such as reading teachers and special education teachers, and substitutes. Teachers would be licensed based on the developmental stages of the children they want to teach, rather than for specific grade levels as now. : Presently, new teachers are issued three- year provisional certificates, and if thej/ are employed for three years they are is 1 sued permanent certificates. General "professional education outcomes" required of all licensees in addition to knowledge of their course work and classroom skills would include such things as: • Respect for "the inherent dignity and worth of others." • Interaction with students, colleagues, parents and the community "in a manner that demonstrates respect for them as persons." • Ability to communicate "respect ibr parents' legitimate concerns for their student and actively seek their involvement in their students' education." BRIEFLY . Frahm is appointed to education commission TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves announced Wednesday the appointment of former U.S. Sen. and ; Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm to the Edu; cation Commission of the States. Frahm is director of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges. The commission is responsible for collecting, analyzing anc * interpreting information • about educational needs, encour- • aging research into educational areas and suggesting methods to improve public schools. ; The seven-member board con• sists of the governor, the senator and representative who head the two legislative education committees, a member of the state Board of Education, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents and two members appointed by the governor. Salinan escapes injury after truck catches fire A Salina man escaped injury Monday when his pickup truck caught fire in a Conservation Reserve Program field at 7550 S. Holmes Road, just off K-4. Frank Zeman, 75, 625 Briarcliff, told Saline County sheriffs deputies that his 1994 Ford F-150 pickup caught fire as he was trying to release it from the mud. The pickup had become stuck, said Undersheriff Carl Kiltz, so Zeman hooked up a disk to a tractor and tried to pull out the pickup. As he was pulling the pickup out, he smelled smoke and realized the pickup was on fire. Kiltz said Zeman was able to unhook the tractor and disk before they caught fire, but the pickup, valued at $14,000, was destroyed. Only a small patch of the field burned before firefighters extinguished the blaze, Kiltz said. Mystery bullet found in siding of Salina home Salina police are investigating how a bullet got in the siding of a house in southwest Salina. Mark Hoard reported to police that the bullet probably was fired at his house at 502 Lena between 10 p.m. May 2 and 6 p.m. May 7. The hole is in the siding near the front door. The bullet is lodged in the house, said Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. Damage to the house was estimated at $15. More criminals will be required to register TOPEKA — A law that required sex offenders to register with law enforcement after being released from prison has been expanded to include those convicted of murder and manslaughter, crimes against children and soliciting prostitution. As one of its final acts last week, the 1997 Legislature expanded the Kansas Sex Offender Registration Act and renamed it the Kansas Offender Registration Act. The bill has been sent to Gov. Bill Graves. The governor "is inclined to sign it" and will act on it by Friday, said his spokesman, Mike Matson. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Oh r chute! The Associated Press Lance Wiedner (from left), 12, Anne Kim, 12, Sarah Qulmby, 11, and Carson Andreoli, 12, all from John Diemer Elementary School, participate Tuesday in the parachute toss at the annual Olympic Festival at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park. About 2,600 sixth-graders from 43 elementary schools participated. T WATER T COURT Nightclub dancer found not guilty Jurors reject prostitution charge stemming from deputy's request to have woman do lap dance By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal A Salina nightclub dancer was tearful Wednesday after jurors decided she wasn't guilty of prostitution by performing a lap dance for an undercover Saline County sheriffs deputy. Rebekah Butt, 19, cried as she accepted the congratulations of her attorney. Minutes later, she left the courtroom clutching $180 in $20 bills that had been confiscated the night of her arrest, including the $20 the deputy gave her. Butt was arrested Feb. 7 while working at The Edge, 1334 W. North. The deputy had been sent to the nightclub undercover because of an anonymous complaint about lap dancing, sheriffs officials said. A lap dance, also known as a chair dance, is performed by a dancer sitting on a patron's lap. V EDUCATION Kansas law defines prostitution as sexual intercourse, sodomy or bodily stimulation of the genitals. Butt was nude from the waist up and was wearing an item similar to a G-String, and the deputy was fully clothed. Butt testified a man at that club had grabbed her wrist as she walked by to get her attention and asked if she would do a lap dance for him. She said she would and returned to him a short time later. She asked him to move to a metal folding chair in a darkened area near the stage. There she began her dance, until another uniformed deputy moved in and placed her under arrest. The jury heard descriptions of the dance by both Butt and the undercover law officer, reserve sheriffs deputy John Haaga, and those accounts varied greatly. Haaga said Butt simulated performing oral sex, as well as rubbing her naked breasts on his face. He said she stood up and seemed to be preparing to remove her G-string bottom as deputy Gregg Swanson came over to make the arrest. The dance lasted about three minutes, Haaga said. Butt testified she reminded Haaga of club rules before the dance started, that there was to be no body-to-body contact, and that he must keep his hands at his side and not touch her. She said Haaga acted unusually for a customer, that his attention was distracted to the doorway and that she had to slap his hands away to keep him from putting them in his lap. Although the knuckles of her hands may have touched his face, her breasts did not, she said. After being arrested, Butt was accompanied to the club dressing room by Sgt. Deb Redmond of the sheriffs department. She changed into street clothes there and attempted to give a jacket to her boyfriend. The jacket was confiscated and nine $20 bills and a quarter were found in a pocket. The $20 that the deputy used to pay for the dance, marked for identification, was found later in her boyfriend's possession. The Edge closed about four weeks ago, after a dispute with the landlord about building repairs, club operator Tracey Shank said. Shank said after the verdict that he is looking for another location to reopen his business. He said dancing will remain a part of the business. Panel recommends tuition increase When you nwd to know. Regents schools would see a 2.8 percent hike for 1997-98 school year By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Board of Regents' Budget Development and Tuition Committee recommended Wednesday that student tuition be increased 2.8 percent at Kansas' six universities for the 1998-99 school year. The new rates would take effect for the fall semester of 1998. The recommendation was to be given first reading at the regents' meeting today at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The regents will vote on the tuition increase at their next meeting, on June 26 in Topeka. The panel agreed at a meeting here Wednesday to stick with that recommendation and present it to the full board at today's meeting. The committee also recommended that the universities retain a special $1 per credit hour tuition now being charged to help pay equipment and technology costs. However, the committee suggested that the regents reassess that $1 charge next year, if the Legislature does not provide a $2 per credit hour match to the special tuition charge. Raising tuition 2.8 percent would generate $4.9 million in new revenue, while the $1 credit hour charge produces another $1.9 million. are tr* proposed tuitkw undiwa^ chirp fcrfttch famtstw i State (5,361) $739 $799 :Hayt State (5,111) , 736 799 Bate (17,368) 99 99 „ i8flfo*l<399) .8,330 2,399 K«o»*iUnlv*«ity (23,305) 69 99 KUM*ic*l Center (2,450) ~~ *Wm <*36 79« iQMW « W 9694 m, 98 OB 4.6W I*** 101 9? m ll. MORAN Moran takes on water Congressman will tour Kansas later this month to discuss water issues By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan,, doesn't plan to jump into any water controversies, but he wants to be prepared in case one comes his way. He thinks chances are good it could happen. "Clearly, water and water issues are important to Kansas people, communities, agriculture," Moran, Hays, said this week from his Washington, D.C., office. "There's an almost unending line of issues involving water quality and water quantity. I think these issues are going to become more prevalent, more difficult as time goes on." To stock up on information and opinions from his constituents in the Big First District, which covers roughly the western two- thirds of the state, including Salina, Moran plans a tour later this month to discuss water issues. He will be in Salina from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 29 in the commission meeting room at the City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. Issues are expected to include storage rights in Kanopolis Reservoir, something that is important to Salina's plans for a future source of water. "I would guess one of the issues would be the ability to buy water storage out of Kanopolis at a price that's affordable," Moran said. "The federal government has been unwilling to provide that water at the cost of creating the supply versus its current value." He said the tour was designed to cover the district and yet include specific concerns, such as dwindling supplies and irrigation conservation in the huge Ogallala Aquifer of western Kansas, maintenance of Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend, irrigation district contracts at federal reservoirs in north- central Kansas and recreation interests at Kirwin Reservoir. On the final leg of the tour, Moran will join the Congressional Conservation Tour sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Park Service and other public and private groups, including the American Sports Fishing Association, which is headed by former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden, originally from Atwood. Gov. Bill Graves also is expected to participate. Moran's schedule will be: • May 27: Ellis City Hall, 9 to 11 a.m.; Garden City at Southwest Area Extension Field, 2 to 4 p.m. • May 28: Stafford at the Quivira National Wildlife Center, 9 to 11 a.m.; Pretty Prairie Senior Center, 2 to 4 p.m. • May 29: Salina; Courtland Community Center, 3 to 5 p.m. • May 30: Kirwin National Wildlife Preserve Visitors Center, 9 to 11 a.m. Later in the day, Moran will join the congressional tour, which will stop at Cheyenne Bottoms at 5:20 p.m. and on May 31 at Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County at 9:30 a.m. ;;HUv^^L^uL);£ (1 Vi;'UJiii!^^ .- ': - •••-•-• -'•'-• . • ....... . . . .... . ..-.'-• ......... ,.,-i SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT 8Jnew8@saljournal.com

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