Kansas board to consider ‘Freedom Week’ guidelines

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas State Board of Education is poised to approve amended guidelines for public schools to observe the new “Celebrate Freedom Week.”

Lawmakers approved legislation establishing the week earlier this year. Proponents said Kansas students should learn more about the founding of the United States and the key documents that form the basis of government.

The Board of Education will discuss the new guidelines at its monthly meeting Aug. 13.

The guidelines will then be submitted to the Department of Administration and the attorney general for review. The State Board of Education will hold a public hearing later this year.

The guidelines apply to kindergarten through eighth grade. They include discussion of the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and religious references that influenced the drafting of the documents.

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