Martin Burke, Riverton, a Republican seeking the Kansas Board of Education District 9 position, said Friday he planned to visit Ottawa this weekend for the Franklin County Fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 17th and Elm streets, Ottawa. Burke faces Jim Porter, R-Fredonia, in the Aug. 5 primary election. The winner will be unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election.
Burke is a third-generation Kansas educator, he said. His father and grandfather served Oswego, Baxter Springs, and Riverton as superintendents. Burke graduated from Pittsburg State University and now teaches high school science at Galena High School. He is working on a masters in educational leadership at PSU.
“I feel that the state would be well served with an actual teacher sitting on the Board of Education,” Burke said in a news release. “We need the perspective of someone who is in the trenches every day with students, teachers and parents to have a voice.”
Burke opposes the Common Core Standards set by the federal government, he said, and believes education standards should be decided at the state level.
“Our great state has a unique culture and our students are individuals,” Burke said in the release. “I promote rigorous standards; however, those standards need to be developed in our own back yard where Kansas educators and communities have a say.”