Education

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Andon Shriver comes to the Mulvane Public Library every Monday and Tuesday. On this afternoon, he’s reading a poem book from the "Bad Kitty" series.

"Meow, hello, what do we have here?" the third-grader reads aloud.

He stumbles over a word here and there, but his audience today – a 12-year old cocker spaniel named Barney – doesn’t seem to mind. He simply listens.

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Kansas has some of the highest education achievement standards in the country, but students are struggling to reach that high bar.

The new report from the National Center For Education Statistics standardized state proficiency assessments for math and reading in 2015. For eighth grade, Kansas had the highest benchmark for proficiency in both reading and math out of the states evaluated.

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The University of Kansas is offering a three-year path to a bachelor’s degree.

The “Degree In Three” program is a partnership between KU, six school districts and three community colleges. Students will begin earning college credit in high school. They will then be able to complete an associate’s degree in one year at one of the partnering community colleges and finish their final two years at KU.

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Alicia Thompson started work nearly a year ago as superintendent of Wichita Public Schools, but she’s been connected to the district throughout her life — first as the daughter of a teacher, then as a student. After college, she became a teacher in the district.

Thompson sat down with KMUW’s Stephan Bisaha to talk about her first year as superintendent, and the district’s future.

Kansas universities had about 800 more students enrolled this spring than they did last year, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

That’s about a half percent more — essentially flat. But flat is better than the national figure, which saw enrollment across the United States drop about 1.3 percent, or about 231,000 fewer students.

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Wichita Public Schools will begin its annual summer food program on Monday.

The Kid Power Cafe Summer Food Service Program offers free breakfast, lunch and snacks to children 18 years old and younger. Children do not have to be Wichita Public Schools students to participate.

Meals are available Monday through Friday at most of the 41 locations. The program runs through Aug. 3. 

Reservations are not required and there are no income guidelines or any paperwork to fill out.

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Wichita State University on Wednesday announced it has received the largest, single cash gift in the history.

The University of Kansas is being criticized for retaining former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little at a salary of more than half a million dollars

But the arrangement is far from unusual in Kansas.

Stephan Bisaha

Public universities in Kansas saw some of their funding restored as part of the new state budget.

The budget restores $15 million to the Kansas Board of Regents. In fiscal year 2017, state universities spent about $570 million in state funding.  

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For the past school year, guns have been allowed at public colleges in Kansas.

But the concealed nature of campus carry, alongside a year with no major gun-related incidents at Kansas universities, has meant most students and faculty haven’t really noticed the guns — or a difference.

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