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Education
12:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Amid Testing Problems, KBOE Debates Release Of State Assessment Scores

Kansas State Board of Education members face a decision about how much data to release from statewide math and reading tests after public schools faced problems administering the exams.

The board’s discussion today is a response to cyberattacks and glitches in the computerized testing system earlier this year.

The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas told the board last month that it should not release data for individual schools and districts. The biggest problems occurred with testing from March 10 to April 10.

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Government
12:17 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Federal Advocacy Group To Challenge Kansas Gun Law

A national gun-control group says it is planning to challenge a Kansas law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns that are manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.

The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that it would file a federal lawsuit against the state law.

The Kansas law was enacted in 2013 and makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to attempt to enforce a federal regulation or treaty when it comes to Kansas-only firearms, ammunition or accessories.

Education
12:49 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

State Officials: Remedial College Courses Are Not Working

Kansas education officials say the state’s remedial education plan for incoming college students isn’t working.

The remedial courses, which are sometimes called developmental education, are offered to students who need to improve their capabilities in math, English or reading before taking college-level courses.

The state says 42 percent of the first-time students in two-year colleges and 16 percent in public, four-year colleges take at least one remedial course. Most of those students don’t graduate.

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Business
12:43 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Supporters Seek To Turn Defunct Greyhound Park Into Casino

Supporters of a bid to bring a casino to southeast Kansas say the long-closed Camptown Greyhound Park could be converted quickly into a gambling facility if state regulators approve.

The park has applied to the Kansas Lottery Commission for the lone remaining casino slot. That slot has gone unfilled since the state legalized casino gambling in 2007.

Politics
12:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Huelskamp Has New GOP Primary Challenger

The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas is finding himself on the defensive while campaigning back home.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of GOP leadership.

Huelskamp is being challenged in this year’s GOP primary by Alan LaPolice, a farmer and educator from Clyde who has made Huelskamp’s conflicts with other Republicans the centerpiece of his campaign.

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Health
11:28 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Health Officials Delay Start Date Of Health Home Service

Kansas health officials delayed a new Medicaid service a day before it was scheduled to begin because it did not have enough contractors to cover the entire state.

The “health home” service was to provide case management for people with chronic medical conditions and those with severe mental illness.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified service providers Monday that the part of the program for the chronically ill would be delayed. It was to begin enrolling patients on Tuesday.

The service for the mentally ill will continue.

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Education
12:06 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Flint Hills Technical College Installs Solar Panels

A technical college in Kansas is taking another step toward energy self-sufficiency with the installation of solar panels.

The panels are being put in place this week at Flint Hills Technical College.

The school’s Emporia campus also has a half-dozen geothermal wells, and a turbine to generate wind energy.

Flint Hills moved a few years ago into a new building designed by architecture students from Kansas State University in order to be energy-efficient. The technical college is enrolled in Westar Energy’s solar program, which helped fund the solar panels.

Education
12:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Brownback Appoints Educator To Student Performance And Efficiency Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed an educator to the last open spot on a new Kansas commission that will examine ways to make public schools more efficient.

But a spokesman for the state’s biggest teachers’ union says earlier appointments by a legislative leader show that the panel will have an anti-public schools agenda.

On Wednesday Brownback named Hoisington High School principal Meg Wilson to the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. He previously appointed superintendents Bev Mortimer of Concordia and Jim Hinson of Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district.

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Business
11:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Kansas Has No Plans To End Interstate Business Incentives Policy

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says the state has no plans to follow Missouri’s offer of a truce over the fierce competition for businesses in the Kansas City area, though he says he’s willing to talk.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit Missouri from offering incentives to businesses that relocate from one of four Kansas counties to any of four Missouri counties in the Kansas City area.

Kansas needs to take similar steps for Missouri’s bill to take effect, and that is far from certain.

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Education
11:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Teacher Licensing Law Generates Interest

Kansas officials say the state is hearing from people interested in new teaching license regulations that would allow some people to teach without having education degrees.

The changes that took effect on Tuesday are aimed at making it easier for people with professional experience to fill teaching vacancies in math, science, technology and engineering.

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