Top Morning News 4.9.13
Kansas budget still not set as lawmakers take a break from the Statehouse; The Kansas Board of Education is set to adopt new history standards; Rain helps crops a little as spring planting begins.
Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn
Kansas legislators left for their month-long break without finalizing the state's $14 billion budget.
Kan. Ed Board Set To Approve History Standards
The State Board of Education is preparing to approve changes in the material that Kansas students are expected to know in history, government and social studies.
The new standards were developed over the past two years for kindergarten through high school.
Kansas students would be asked to better understand the context of what they learn, not just memorize names and dates. Board members will adopt the changes at their meeting in Topeka next Tuesday.
Students will take tests based on the standards starting in 2016. Local school boards will be responsible for developing and approving curriculum that follows the new standards, including the purchase of textbooks.
Kan. Farmers Welcome Rain, Start Planting Spring Crops
Kansas farmers are getting ready to seed their spring crops, with a few fields of corn already planted in eastern sections.
Kansas Wheat Commission To Hold Bread Cutting Ceremony For New Center
For the grand opening of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan, officials will forgo the usual ribbon-cutting in favor of slicing an 8-foot-long loaf of bread.
The Kansas Wheat Commission will host the ceremony and open house April 26.
The new center cost over $10 million to build, and is a significant investment into the field of wheat research.
The 35,000-square-foot center include 15,000 square feet of laboratories to develop new wheat varieties.