public schools http://kmuw.org en A Surge Of Hispanic Births Is Leading To Higher Enrollment In Kansas Public Schools http://kmuw.org/post/surge-hispanic-births-leading-higher-enrollment-kansas-public-schools <p>A new report says increased enrollment in Kansas schools is being driven by births in the Hispanic population.</p><p>The report by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years, Kansas public school enrollment will reach 500,000 for the first time since 1970.</p><p>The report’s author, Ted Carter, says most of the increase is because of births among Hispanics, not migration into the state.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:08:39 +0000 Associated Press 37500 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Ed. Department Asks For Help Clarifying New "Innovative Districts" Law http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ed-department-asks-help-clarifying-new-innovative-districts-law <p>Kansas education officials are asking the state's attorney general for guidance about how to implement a new law about "innovative" schools.</p><p>Brad Neuenswander, the Deputy Commissioner for the state Department of Education, told the State Board of Education Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law that creates a coalition of so-called "innovative districts."</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:49:21 +0000 Associated Press 18754 at http://kmuw.org Senate Amends Reading Plan http://kmuw.org/post/senate-amends-reading-plan <p>Kansas senators have approved a heavily amended version of Gov. Sam Brownback's reading initiative, putting the focus on first-graders. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:02:15 +0000 Associated Press 14821 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.25.13 (UPDATED) http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-32513-updated <p><strong><em>Updated 9:30 AM</em></strong></p><p><em>The Kansas House and Senate will negotiate differences in their budget proposals; Pilot program for Kansas school districts under consideration; Lawmakers need more information on corporate farming law; Delaware tribe may more headquarters to Kan.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Delaware Tribe May Move Headquarters to&nbsp;Kan.</strong></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:24:08 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 14642 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.25.13 (UPDATED) House Committee Approves Bill That Keeps Abortion Services Out of Public Schools http://kmuw.org/post/house-committee-approves-bill-keeps-abortion-services-out-public-schools <p>A Kansas House committee approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill today.&nbsp;</p><p>The Federal and State Affairs Committee approved <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2253_00_0000.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 2253</a>, which&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">prevents groups that provide abortion services from being involved in the state's public schools. The measure</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;also aims to keep the state from subsidizing abortions--even indirectly--through tax exemptions or credits. </span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:47:56 +0000 Kate Clause 13824 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.27.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-22713 <p><em>A Kansas Senate committee rejects Brownbacks third-grade reading plan; University of Kansas study shows DEA reduces risk of pre-term birth.</em></p><p><strong>Senate Panel Rejects Kansas Reading Initiative</strong></p><p>A Kansas Senate committee Tuesday rejected Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to hold back third-graders who fail the state reading test.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:59:31 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 13356 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.27.13 Brownback's Reading Plan Gets Hearing http://kmuw.org/post/brownbacks-reading-plan-gets-hearing <p>Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal requiring school districts to hold back Kansas third-graders who aren't proficient in reading is getting mixed reviews in the Legislature.</p><p>The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Monday on the plan. The proposal includes $10 million in grant money for intervention programs to help third-graders meet state standards in reading.</p><p>Brownback policy director Jon Hummell says the goal isn't to keep children from advancing to fourth grade but to improve overall education outcomes, including reducing dropout rates.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:48:01 +0000 Associated Press 13291 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.26.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-22613-0 <p><em>Winter weather brings delays and cancellations; Heavy snow won't cure the Kansas drought; Brownback's reading plan draws criticism.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Second Round Of Winter Weather Brings More Cancellations And Delays</strong></p><p>Monday's snow storm is winding down and streets are being cleared in Wichita.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:57:50 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 13293 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 2.26.13 Friday School Closings (UPDATED) http://kmuw.org/post/friday-school-closings-updated <p><strong><em>&nbsp; Updated: 5:32 AM</em></strong></p><p>The snow is here, and more is expected. Many schools have canceled classes and activities. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:10:02 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 13004 at http://kmuw.org Friday School Closings (UPDATED) KS Schools Could See Small Boost In Per-Pupil Funding http://kmuw.org/post/ks-schools-could-see-small-boost-pupil-funding <p>Kansas' public schools could receive a slight increases in per-student spending starting in fiscal year 2015.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State House Appropriations Committee accepted a subcommittee's report on K-12 spending Monday morning. The subcommittee's budget allocates more than $3 billion dollars for all public schools. Funding per pupil would remain at $3,838 &nbsp;for fiscal year 2014 but would increase marginally by $14 per pupil starting July 1, 2014. </span></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:20:04 +0000 Associated Press 12897 at http://kmuw.org