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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  •  About 40 Kansas legislators got a first-hand look at how the Walton Rural Life Center school works Friday morning.
    It also gave prinicpal Natise Vogt a chance to talk about the school's needs.
    The school needs more space and is in the midst of a fund-raising program to expand. She said the school has around $60,000 and needs $300,000. The charter school may have to turn away students next year if it cannot add space.
    The school is used to having visitors. Last year the Georgia Board of Education visited, and there have been visitors from as far away as New Zealand.
    But Friday it was politicians from Topeka who visited and learned about the school.
    Vogt said students in every grade in every subject exceed state standards on tests.
    "We don't teach to the tests, we just do what we do," she said of the project based learning that takes place at the school.
    Rep. Nancy Lusk, a democrat from Overland Park, said she was impressed with the school.
    During the tour she got involved and helped children paint egg cartons. "I really like the hands on approach," she said. "It is impressive. There are a lot of possiblities here," she said.
    Melissa Rooker, a Republican from District 25, was impressed with how the children interacted with those on the tour. Students often explain what they are doing when visitors tour the school.
    The Legislature will be discussing funding of schools, as well as charter schools like Walton, during the coming session.
    They were scheduled to visit a school in Tuttle, Okla., on Friday as well. Rooker said what they are seeing would influence those discussions.
    Rep. Kasha Kelley, an Arkansas City Republican, liked what she heard about student achievement.
    "I was impressed with the results of project based education. Their test scores are impressive," she said.
     

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