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Competency Based Education — Is Cost the Key? By RODNEY HOFFMAN that follows the testing," says Dr. recommended that Kansas should legislation that would include suf- least three standards of testii Paying to Teach Johnny to Read A Major Factor By RODNEY HOFFMAN Paying someone to teach Johnny to read may become the most important factor in last week's recommendations on competency based education by a state Department of Education task force. Local educators agree that competency testing'to measure reading, spelling and math skills will help identify the problems facing school children. But the real test will come in providing sufficient programs to remedy deficiencies — programs described as "exceedingly costly." Under the recommendations, all Kansas students from kindergarten through eighth grade would be tested annually. Students who need special help to overcome learning deficiencies would be identified, and local school systems, with state funding, would be expected to provide remedial training. State tests would continue past eighth grade for pupils who have failed to demonstrate minimal skills at that level. "The key to it is in the remediation that follows the testing," says Dr. Horace Good, superintendent of Unified School District 457, Garden City. "We can find out a lot of things by testing but we're really not doing anything about it until we do something after the tests." Doing something will be expensive. Already through a federally-funded Title I remedial reading and math program, the local school district spends approximately $100,000 annually. In most instances, Good said, remediation requires additional instructors to meet with as few as three or four students at once. Each additional person hired by the district costs about $15,000, he said. "I don't think local districts can do much more than they're doing now. Can we add more teachers? Can we reduce class size anymore? Can we lengthen school days? "I think the state is going to be staggered when it hears the cost of competency based education." Tom Saffell, president of Garden City Community College, was one member of the 26-person panel who recommended that Kansas should join 26 states which have taken action requiring testing of students to see if they are progressing adequately. He expects the state legislature to wrestle with the recommendations during the upcoming session. "My hope is that the legislature will charge the state department of education with the responsibility of competency based education. Hopefully, it will be something simple, not for every course in the curriculum." Saffell said reading, spelling and math skills were included in the recommendations because they are "three areas where tests can be developed to measure competence fairly." Language arts, or writing, was discussed as a possible area to be tested but later dismissed, he said. "It's terribly difficult to get people to agree on what should be included in a test of language arts. How do you test writing?" The task force recommended that the program be enacted through legislation that would include sufficient funding. That could be a hangup, Saffell said. Saffell said it's too soon to tell whether competency based testing has been successful in other states. "There's always a problem if tests do, in fact, measure what people who make them think they measure," he said. "I'm not in favor of passing people along because they've put some time in. At the same time I don't want to see a high number of dropouts because students become frustrated. "It remains to be seen whether competency based testing will accomplish that," he said. Charles Stones, director of instruction for U.S.D. 457, calls competency based education "a step in the right direction." "If we start testing, as they suggested, in the early elementary years and we find a student who has certain education deficiencies, I don't think there's much doubt that he'll receive the greatest amount of help possible." However, Stones suggests that at least three standards of testing be implemented at each grade level to accommodate students with different learning abilities. "The task force recommended that students reach eighth grade reading, math and spelling skills. That may be a realistic goal for students to function in society but some students may never reach it. Some will reach it in the fourth grade," he said. Opponents of competency based education say that uniform test won't give students in some communities or students with varied backgrounds a fair chance. Garden City is a prime example, Stones said. In one elementary school, 14 students don't speak English. In fact, Stones says, 870 of the district's nearly 4,500 students belong to minority population groups, primarily Spanish-Amreican. If the test is printed in English, it may not reflect what the students really know, he said. Markets Wheat $2.39unchg. Milo $3.20unchg. Corn $2.07 unchg. (Prices at 12:30 p.m. today it Garden City Co-op.) 1 p.m. Stocks Allied Supplies 2 : '» American Cyanamid 25 :1 4 American Motors 4 American Brands 43 :t j Anaconda 50 :I H AT&T 60'» Beech Aircraft 27^ Bethlehem Steel 21" j Boeing 27 S Much Revision Seen Bill Would Start Use Value Appraisal Chrysler . Cities Service Colorado Inters tale. Dillons Du Pont Eastman Kodak.... El Paso NG Ford General Electric ... General Motors Halliburton . 14 ' . 20 : >4 ..32 . 121'« . . 52^4 . .I7'z ..44'4 ..51'z . .66'4 . .62 PRACTICE . . . members of the Garden City High School Stage Band, under direction of Bob Brock, get in a few practice notes prior to Monday's concert. Telegram Photo Stage Band in Concert Monday Garden City High School's stage band will perform in concert Monday at Clifford Hope Auditorium. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Concert numbers will be "Selections from 'Star Wars'," "Gonna Fly Now," "Who's Sorry Now," "Red Raven Polka," "Schneider Polka," "Baretta's Theme," "The Preacher." "Send in the Clowns," "Mack the Knife," "Alley Cat," "Trombonanza." "Mr. Anthony's Boogie," and "Handel with Care." Band members are Keir MacMillan, Brion Schwartz, Sam Pappas, Kim Lobmeyer, Kevin Bothwell, Beverly Borah, Dave Boddiger, Eugene Kemper, Julie Eatherly, Roger Bowlby, Layne Brock, Arlan Maddox. Randy Polk, Rudy Perez, Marijo Teare, Denise Jenkins, Steve Alpers, Krista Scott, Beth DePew, Gilbert Hall, Quinten Rupp and Keith Henkle. Director is Bob Brock. There is no admission charge for the concert but donations will be accepted at the door to help with expenses for the stage band's trip to Topeka Nov. 28-29. The band will be providing dinner music and entertainment for the Kansas Association of School Boards convention. Scott Hearing Set on Law Proposal SCOTT CITY — A public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Hall here will concern a proposal to combine the physical facilities of the police department and the sheriff's office. The proposal, placed before the Scott City Council by the Scott County Commission earlier this month, calls for locating a common dispatcher's office in the county jail and combining city and county staffs to man the dispatcher's office. Scott County Sheriff Alan Stewart said Thursday the move could save the county and city thousands of dollars as an attempt to bring the jail up to state standards. In an inspection last year, the Kansas Department of Corrections recommended the county provide hourly sur- veillance of prisoners on a 24- hour basis. Stewart said a minimum of four persons would have to be hired to meet that recommendation. Their combined salaries would amount to about $24,000 a year, he said. That expense could be eliminated by moving the dispatchers office from its present location in city hall to the jail facility, Stewart said. There, the dispatchers, assisted by police and sheriff's officers, could provide the recommended surveillance. The proposed move also would save the city and county money by preventing the closing of the jail, a result of failing to meet state standards, he said. In the event of the jail's closing, Stewart said, the county would be faced with two alternatives: to comply with even stricter state regulations to reopen the jail or to transport prisoners to a jail in Lane, Logan or Finney counties. Both alternatives would be costly, Stewart said. "It's just a matter of economics and feasibility," Stewart said of the proposed combining of facilities. "This is tax money we're dealing with, and the way money is today, we have to save it any way we can." Because the county jail is used by the city, an increase in jail operation expenses would be passed on to the city. Scott City Administrator Craig Weinaug said the transporting of prisoners costs an additional $7,000 a year. At present, jail operations cost the county about $6.000 a year, excluding personnel expenses, Weinaug said. The city pays about $1,500 to the county for the use of the jail, he said. Weinaug said the proposal to combine facilities isn't meant to change to the structure of the law enforcement system. City and county law enforcement records would remain separate, he said. The chief of police, a position also filled by Stewart, would remain responsible to the city council and the sheriff would remain responsible to the county voters and the county commission, he said. Weinaug said he didn't know when action on the proposal would take place. "It's still wide open at this point," he said. No Verdict in Smut Tria KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A hung jury has put federal obscenity charges against Alvin Goldstein back into limbo, and the rotund New York publisher says if the government tries him a third time "they can have my hide." On Thursday afternoon, Judge Frank G. Theis of U.S. District Court declared the case a mistrial because the seven women and five men oh the jury, after nearly 14 hours Of deliberations, could not agree on a verdict. Some of the jurors said later that the vjote was deadlocked at nine for acquittal and three — all women — for conviction. I Three jurors said the words "prurient interest," a term contained in the Supreme Court's definition of obscenity, gave the jury difficulty. The government's prosecutor, Ben Burgess, said it might be three weeks before a decision is made on whether to seek a third trial. Goldstein said Thursday night that a third trial "would be beyond the realm of fair play. "If there's a third trial, it'll be so unjust, such an obvious case of government harrass- ment, that I'm going to be my own lawyer and they can have my hide," Goldstein said. "It'll be a one-man trial and I'll go to jail — they can have me." Goldstein, 41, of New York; his former partner, James Buckley, 33, of Stockbridge, Mass.; and the New York- based publishing house, Milky Way Productions Inc., were convicted by a Wichita jury in 1976. They were charged with illegally mailing into Kansas 11 copies of the tabloids Smut and Screw and with conspiring to mail obscene materials into the state. The conviction in Wichita was overturned on the grounds the prosecutor made inflammatory statements in his closing remarks to the jury. Theis later ordered the trial moved to Kansas City, Kan. After the government's sec- ond attempt to convict failed Thursday, Burgess, an assistant U.S. attorney, said he would consult with the U.S. attorney for Kansas and possibly the Justice Department in Washington before making a decision on a third trial. The judge said he regretted the case had not been resolved. But he told the jury, "I don't want you to feel badly ... that's part of the system." The charges were filed in 1974 after Kansas postal officials subscribed to the two magazines, made a note of the arrival of incoming copies and then mailed the tabloids back to the publisher. Student, 15, Hurt in Fight A 15-year-old student was injured in a fight Thursday morning at Abe Hubert Junior High School. Police said the boy suffered a laceration to his head and bruises when he was beaten by a 17-year-old boy about 8:30 a.m. at the south side of the school. Officers said the older boy was accompanied by his father, who reportedly watched ..on .while the assault occurred. Police said the incident remains under investigation and charges are pending. Because of the ages, police declined to release the names of those involved. Senators Wager On Moscow Game A pair of Kansas senators are gambling men. Slate Sens. Leroy Hayden, a Democrat from Satanta, and Fred Kerr, a Republican from Coats, have a little wager on tonight's eight-man football semi-final playoff game between Moscow and Sharon. Hayden is backing Moscow's Wildcats, while Kerr believes Sharon, a community in his 33rd district, will surface as the victor. The loser has agreed to provide two pages for the winner's use during the next Senate session. Hayden also has extended an invitation to Kerr and his wife to watch the game in person as his guests. Resigns from Holcomb Board HOLCOMB - Nan Hawver, a Holcomb housewife, has accepted an appointment as a member of the Unified School District 363 school board Wednesday after the resignation of board member John Miller. Superintendent George McCabe said Miller's resignation "was accepted regretfully by the board" on Tuesday. "I don't want to cause the board any problems with the upcoming school bond issue from persons who may have ill feelings toward me," Miller's resignation read. Miller would not comment further on his resignation. McCabe said Hawver would fill the remaining 3% years of Miller's four-year term. Miller originally had been appointed to the school board following a resignation and was elected this year. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed bill implementing use value appraisal on agricultural land in Kansas was recommended Thursday by an interim legislative committee for passage when the 1978 session opens in January. It is certain to undergo much revision and be the issue in many legislative battles before winning endorsement by the entire Legislature. Supporters, aware of skepticism on the part of many urban legislators over the wisdom of the use value concept, already are drafting proposed amendments which they hope will make it more palatable. The version approved by the interim committee Thursday would implement the 1976 constitutional amendment approved by voters to allow agricultural land to be assessed for property tax purposes on a basis of its capacity to produce income, rather than its fair market value, as all other property now is assessed in Kansas. It calls for reappraisal of all agricultural land in the state at 30 percent of its value, with that value based on its ability to produce income rather than what it might bring on the market. It also provides for what rural legislators consider a lough penalty provision when farmers do sell their land for uses other than agricultural production. That penalty would require them to pay the difference for the six previous years betwen the amount of taxes actually paid and what they would have been had the land not been assessed on the use value basis. That six-year "rollback" provision was the reason Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Parsons, voted against the proposal, which won the committee's endorsement on an 8-2 vote. "I'm just not prepared to vote for it at this time," Johnston said. "It's a complex subject. Finney Court Decision Upheld TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services can't meddle in a legal agreement between a divorced couple over child support payments. The decision handed down today upholds a Finney County District Court ruling in favor of Donald Vern Towns. Towns and his wife were divorced in 1972. They went to court and worked out an agreement in which the wife would not seek child support if the husband accepted limited visitation rights. The woman later sought and received welfare payments and the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services filed suit against Towns to recover the money. "(Stale law) creates a mechanism which enables SRS lo sue eilher or both parents for reimbursement of funds paid out under the aid for dependent children program," the court said in the opinion. "The statule specifically exempts collection from parents who are acting in compliance with a court order." The court concluded that a parent released from the duty to support his children by an existing court order can't be sued for reimbursement by the state. Districl Judge Bert Vance ruled on Ihe case Dec. 16,1976. The appeal was presented to the Court of Appeals in Garden City in October. "The rollback provision is designed to keep land in agricultural production. But around cities, it could stifle economic development. "In our area, I don't think we want any disincentives for industrial development, and this could have that effect." But Sen. John Simpson, R- Salina, a major proponent of the tough rollback provision, said it was needed to "protect farmland." "It won't do it completely," Simpson added, "but it will help keep agricultural land in production and stop the urban sprawl." Also voting against the proposed legislation was Rep. Homer Jarchow, D-Wichita. v / deaths \ Edward C. Gallion SCOTT CITY — Edward C. Gallion, 96, died Thursday at Park Lane Rest Home, Scott City. He was born Jan. 12,1881, at Broadfording, Md. He was a retired farmer and lived here since 1947. He is survived by 25 nieces and nephews. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Weinmann-Price Funeral Home, Scott City, the Rev. William Haney officiating. Burial will be in Scott County Cemetery. Friends may call until service lime at the funeral home. Speeder Socked $500, 7 Days It appeared to be a run-of- the mill traffic violation but the subsequent fine wasn't so ordinary, Thursday in Finney County District Court. Scott Studley, 20, 2601 Chainey, was charged with speeding 79 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. He was fined $500 and sentenced to seven days in jail by Judge Harrison Smith. Based on Studley's traffic record which included 16 violations since 1973, assistant county attorney Phil Vieux had requested a $1,000 fine. Finney Officer One of Three Honored in State Daryl Huckins, three-year- veteran of the Finney County Probation office, has received a certificate of accomplishment from the Kansas Juvenile Probation Officers Association. Huckins was one of three probation officers in Kansas to be honored. This is the first year the awards have been presented. Effective today, Huckins became deputy chief probation officer in the 25th Judicial District which includes Finney, Kearny, Scott, Hamilton, Greeley and Wichita counties. In Finney County, he works with approximately 100 juveniles and adults who have been placed on probation. Before joining the probation office, Huckins, 1537 N. 12th, served on the local police Huckins. . . busy man department for 5% years. He was nominated for the recognition by District Judge Bert Vance and John Kester, chief probation officer for the 25th Judicial District. "He has shown great leadership ability and a tremendous willingness to work," Vance said. "Recently, the department was reduced in size because of lack of funds and an excellent full-time probation officer was lost. Mr. Huckins has led the other probation officers in taking over the increased workload and in continuing to provide full service despite the loss of personnel." Huckins also serves as truant officer at Garden City High School. He is past board member of Southwest Developmental Services, an organization for vocational training of mentally retarded adults; and a past advisory board member of the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of Boy Scouts. I

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