A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.
Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.
The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.
Tech Mahindra, a leading supplier of tractors, utility vehicles and information technology, announced on July 16, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England that it will collaborate with Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research on multiple areas of engineering.
Tech Mahindra and WSU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines collaboration in the areas of aerospace engineering, certification, information technology and automotive testing.
A Kansas legislative committee is asking the state's education department to reconsider a plan to fingerprint public school teachers.
During a committee meeting Monday, Rep. Jim Ward said he was concerned that the proposal would violate the privacy rights of the 33,000 longtime teachers who would be fingerprinted. He also objected to a plan to require the teachers to pay $50 for the fingerprinting.
Construction is underway in Salina on a new research center devoted to the science of moving and mixing bulk solids such as pellets, granules, powder and grain.
The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be among only a few in the world. It’s a partnership of the city, the university and two Salina-based companies that design and make equipment for handling bulk materials.
The Kansas State Board of Education has voted not to release scores from a new standardized test. The computerized math and reading test for public school students was plagued with problems. As Stephen Koranda reports, glitches and cyberattacks disrupted testing for many students, so the results may not be valid.
The test was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, known as CETE. Board member John Bacon, from Olathe, says taxpayers need to know they’re getting their money’s worth.
The Kansas State Board of Education is proposing a $459 million increase in state spending on public schools, though the board’s approval Tuesday of budget recommendations was mostly a symbolic statement of support for education.
The board’s proposals would phase in over two years an increase of about 13 percent in aid to public schools beginning in July 2015, but funding the full amount would require the state to reconsider personal income tax cuts enacted by Governor Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers.
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.
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.
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.