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Tensions were high leading into Wichita Public School's Board of Education meeting last night. Hundreds of unionized teachers lined the street outside of North High School wearing red t-shirts and holding signs demanding respect and better treatment from the district.

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New numbers show enrollment at Wichita State University is relatively flat over last year.

Every year, the state’s 32 public universities and colleges take a census of students on the 20th day of class. According to the figures released by the Kansas Board of Regents, statewide enrollment throughout the system was up less than half a percent.

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Wichita Area Technical College plans to offer a new associate degree program for veterinary technology beginning in January 2017.

The WATC Vet Tech program will prepare students for entry-level employment in animal healthcare at veterinary offices, hospitals and labs.

Students will earn an associate of applied science degree when they complete the two-year program.

Teddy Farias, the dean of Health Sciences at WATC, says students will get experience with large and small animals.

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Last week, leaders of the local teacher's union, United Teachers of Wichita, asked members to work only the hours mandated in their contracts on Monday to show unity in the midst of stalled contract negotiations with the district. That means arriving 10 minutes before the school day starts, taking a 40-minute duty-free lunch break and leaving 10 minutes after the day ends.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced on Thursday that she will step down next summer.

Gray-Little has led the school since 2009, when she became the first woman and the first African-American to serve as KU chancellor.

In a message to campus students and staff, Gray-Little said she’s proud of the school's accomplishments during her tenure, including the Far Above fundraising campaign, which raised $1.6 billion to help pay for scholarships, faculty and new buildings.

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Following weeks of unsuccessful contract negotiations with Wichita Public Schools, the local teachers union is asking teachers to work only their contracted hours this coming Monday. 

United Teachers of Wichita wants to “illustrate that if teachers only did what was absolutely required, schools would fold.” The union has called for teachers to arrive 10 minutes before school starts, take a 40-minute duty-free break for lunch, and leave 10 minutes after the day ends.


The Wichita Area Technical College is offering assistance to ITT Tech students who were left in limbo when their school closed last week.

WATC is holding information sessions this week to help ITT Tech students who want to continue their education.

The for-profit ITT Technical Institute closed its Wichita campus along with 136 others across the U.S.

Justin Pfeifer with WATC Student Services says they’re waiving some fees to help students get back in the classroom.

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents have approved the higher education budget request they’ll send to the Legislature.

The main priorities are to avoid any additional budget cuts and restore the $30 million cut to higher ed put in place earlier this year. The proposal also asks lawmakers for $20 million more for maintenance projects. Regent Joe Bain says they wanted to offer a realistic request.

Students looking to get financial help with college expenses can begin the process earlier.

The Department of Education has moved up the submission date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to Oct. 1; it used to be Jan. 1.

Completing the FAFSA is usually the first step every incoming and returning college student must do to be considered for federal financial aid.

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Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he has reached out to Kansas school districts, boards of education and various education associations asking for input on the state's school funding system.