public education en Senate Minority Leader Hensley Concerned About Education Bills In Non-Education Committees <p>The Kansas Senate Minority leader has raised questions about the chairman of the state Senate Education Committee's decision to send education bills to other committees for consideration.</p><p>Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, says Education Committee Chairman Sen. Steve Abrams has bypassed his own panel with some education bills, including a charter school bill and a measure overhauling teacher licensure.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:39:20 +0000 Associated Press 31928 at Brownback To Announce Plans To Improve Reading Proficiency Among Students <p>Governor Sam Brownback, school officials and other community organizations will announce a plan on Thursday to improve reading proficiency among grade-school students.</p><p>The governor will share more details at a Boys and Girls Club center in Topeka.</p><p>School officials from Chetopa, Galena, and Pittsburg as well as representatives of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Enrichment Network will join him.</p><p>This year, Governor Brownback proposed legislation to hold back students who were not proficient in reading.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:46:55 +0000 Associated Press 26286 at Kansas Supreme Court Justice Worries About 'Constant Litigation' From School Districts <p>A Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen said during a hearing Tuesday he worries about &quot;constant litigation&quot; if the court sides with school districts that have sued the state to increase public education funding.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:14:17 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 24566 at Visa Trouble May Force 6 Topeka Teachers To Leave Kansas <p>Some foreign-born teachers working in Topeka may have to return to their home countries.</p><p>Topeka's school district started recruiting teachers from overseas eight years ago; the district was struggling to fill positions in special education, secondary math and science.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor rejected the permanent residency applications of six of those Topeka teachers. The department rejected the argument that the district encountered a shortage of qualified teachers willing to take the positions.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:06:59 +0000 Associated Press 21643 at WSU Supporter Velma Wallace Leaves $6 M To Wichita State <p>Wichita State University says the late Velma Wallace has left $6 million in an estate gift to the school's foundation. She died last July at the age of 95.</p><p>Velma had supported Wichita State in many ways, including the Wallace Scholarship Program for years. Both she and her husband, Cessna Aircraft Executive Dwane Wallace, who died in 1989, loved and supported WSU.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:02:24 +0000 Associated Press 19806 at State Board Of Education Adopts Science Standards <p></p><p>The Kansas state school board has approved new science standards for public schools. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:46:26 +0000 Associated Press 18709 at Maize Schools End Random Drug Tests For Students In After-School Activities <p>The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.</p><p>Maize's School Board <a href="">recently voted to eliminate</a> the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.</p><p>A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:13:21 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 16485 at Committees To Consider Kansas Public Charter Schools Act <p>Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and funding opportunities in Kansas.</p><p>Now, Kansas has 15 charter schools; they're publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools three years ago, but many closed for financial reasons.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:44:54 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 13622 at Top Morning News 11.27.12 <p><em>Hazardous waste clean up in Salina; New teacher evaluation system in the works; Vehicle fatalities up in Kansas; Dry conditions continue to affect winter wheat.</em></p><p><strong>Extension Sought In Settlement For Salina Site</strong></p><p>Officials from Salina and the federal government want more time to finalize a proposed financial settlement for cleaning up contamination at a former Air Force base.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:55:23 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 9052 at Top Morning News 11.27.12 KS Dems, Republicans Have Different Outlooks On Education <p>Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.</p><p>Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.</p><p>Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.</p><p>Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:05:35 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 7519 at