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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in November on whether the school funding law has fixed unconstitutional disparities so that it provides equal educational opportunities for all students.

But it will not be until spring of 2016 when the court will hear the part of the appeal regarding whether Kansas has met its constitutional duty to provide adequate funding for public education.

The court issued a four-page schedule Friday that sets separate timelines for briefings and arguments on the equity and adequacy of school funding in Kansas.

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Former WSU Professor and Center for Entrepreneurship Founder Fran Jabara has died. He was 90 years old.

Jabara joined WSU in 1949 and remained part of the faculty for 40 years.

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In a news conference Friday, Gov. Sam Brownback said he wants to “start getting out the facts" regarding Kansas teachers' salaries and the number of teachers leaving the state. But according to school officials, the numbers he presented don't quite add up.

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The Kansas State Board of Education is working to rewrite the rules for evaluating student test scores. Kansas revamped standardized tests last year, and board members are working this summer to update the so-called “cut scores.”

Kansas Board of Education member Deena Horst says they should be setting high goals for students to be considered proficient.

“We want our students to be able to run with the best, if not be the best,” Horst says.

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The Kansas State Board of Education today heard about the increasing number of teacher leaving the state to teach elsewhere.

In the past five years the number of teachers moving out of state to teach has ballooned from 400 to over 650, a 63 percent increase.

The report also said that the number of teachers simply leaving the profession almost doubled since 2011.

Marie Carter, personnel manager for the Topeka School District, says the political climate in Kansas is to blame.

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The Kansas State Board of Education has narrowly approved a plan that would loosen some teaching requirements for six Kansas school districts. The 6-4 vote will allow the districts to hire people who have expertise in a subject but who lack a teaching license.

Supporters of the change include Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Lane, who says this will give administrators more flexibility in hiring for hard-to-fill teacher openings.

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UPDATE:

The Kansas Board of Education has passed a plan to allow a coalition of school districts to fill open teaching positions with non-licensed teachers. 

Original Story:

The Kansas Board of Education is set to vote on Tuesday on a plan that would allow a small group of school districts to fill their open teaching positions with non-licensed teachers.

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A small liberal arts college in Lindsborg has received a more severe sanction from the Higher Learning Commission than what was recommended earlier this year.

The Salina Journal reports that Bethany College, which has been running deficits for the past eight years, has been placed on probation by the commission.

The commission, which provides accreditation to colleges across the nation, has given the college until November 2016 to document a resolution of its financial issues.

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In the next couple of years, Kansas education will face some of its most unstable times ever.

The Legislature has cut classroom funding. There’s no school finance formula and the the whole system may be thrown into chaos depending on what the state Supreme Court does.

All of this is all taking a toll on recruiting and retaining teachers, and there's mounting evidence that Kansas teachers are becoming disenchanted. And out-of-state districts are taking advantage.

Wichita State University is getting more than $1 million from the U.S. Commerce Department for its Innovation Campus.

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration announced the grant in a release Monday. The grant is designated for the Innovation Campus's first building, the Experiential Engineering Building. Roads and water infrastructure will be upgraded in support of the building on the WSU campus.

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