Education

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In his State of the State speech Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback threw down a gauntlet for state universities: Come up with a $15,000 bachelor's degree. In the education world, almost nobody saw that coming.

But now that the idea for a bargain bachelor's is out there, it's up to the Kansas Board of Regents to try and make it a reality.

The Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is asking the community for help deciding what characteristics the district's next superintendent should have. Information will be gathered using on online survey developed by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

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The Wichita School Board decided first steps in the search for a new superintendent Monday night.

Current district Superintendent John Allison recently took a job with Olathe Public Schools and will be leaving at the end of this school year.

Board members were adamant about including the community in the process and voted to use an online survey to gather input. The survey will be available within the next few days. The results will be used to create a profile of characteristics necessary for the job.

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Goddard Public Schools is hoping to move forward with maintenance projects that were put on hold in recent years due to cuts in state funding.

The district’s Board of Education approved a $52 million bond resolution on Monday night.

The new bond would pay for 90 projects across all 12 Goddard schools.

The district’s Community Relations Director, Dane Baxa, says much of the work involves renovating buildings, parking lots and updating heating and air conditioning units.

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Legislators from south-central Kansas gathered Thursday at Wichita State University for a public forum, the second one this week.

The forum began with a look at the state's projected $350 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year.

J.G. Scott, assistant director of fiscal affairs for the Kansas Legislative Research Department, told lawmakers that neither reversing the state's income tax exemptions nor increasing sales tax rates would fill the hole for 2017.

He gave two options for balancing the budget.

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Wichita Public Schools will soon have to begin the search for a new superintendent.

In a unanimous vote, the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education chose to hire current Wichita Superintendent John Allison as Olathe's next superintendent of schools effective next school year. Allison will be given a base salary of $250,000.

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On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents read a first draft of proposed legislation that would allow for the merger of Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College.

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved policies for how the state's six public universities will implement a state law allowing people to carry concealed guns into campus buildings starting July 1.

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The Kansas Board of Regents will discuss the final draft of policies that spell out how the state's six public universities will implement a state law allowing concealed handguns on campus beginning next year.

The regents are expected to approve the policies Wednesday.

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Wichita Public Schools Superintendent John Allison has been named the only finalist for a superintendent position with Olathe Public Schools.

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