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Barbara Fuller Resigns From Wichita School Board

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While there are four seats on Wichita’s school board on the ballot on Tuesday, an additional spot on the board was vacated Monday night.

Barbara Fuller served on Wichita’s school board since 2007. She announced Monday that she was moving out of the district, and therefore had to resign. State Sen. Lynn Rogers and Fuller served together on the school board for a decade. Rogers says Fuller brought her years of experience in education to the role.

Kansas legislative leaders plan to spend $400,000 to get help in drafting a new public school funding law, including separate lawyers for the House and Senate.

The five top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature agreed on the plan Tuesday. The two Democrats present at legislative leaders' meeting called it a waste of money and opposed it.

The House and Senate each would spend $100,000 to hire its own attorney. The entire Legislature has had a single attorney previously.

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The three women running for the District 2 seat on the Wichita Schools Board of Education have a record of volunteer service in the community.

The winner will replace Joy Eakins as the representative for the east Wichita district.

Candidate Julie Hedrick is on the board for Grace Med and previously served on several city boards. She spent 28 years working for the Wichita School District.

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The race for District 1 on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education is between a current board member and an engineer who works at Spirit AeroSystems.

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The Wichita Board of Education and United Teachers of Wichita have reached a tentative agreement for the 2017-18 school year.

The agreement includes a 3.95 percent base salary increase, with one salary step for all teachers who are eligible to advance, and an additional salary step for those teachers who are behind on the step schedule.

Longevity payments for veteran teachers will be unfrozen, and the district will return to the 190-day calendar and shorter school days.

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A group of eight former Wichita Schools Board of Education members issued a list of candidate endorsements for the BOE districts up for election next week.

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The current Wichita Public Schools Board of Education president is facing one opponent in the race for District 5.

Voters will decide next month if Mike Rodee gets a second term on the board or if challenger Peter Grant takes his place.

The District 5 candidates agree that bringing the latest technology to Wichita schools is important and necessary.

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Wichita State University will continue to offer a college-prep program for middle school students in the Wichita school district for at least seven more years.

WSU received grants worth $9.8 million for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

About 1,850 7th-grade students at nine middle schools will receive support throughout middle and high school, and into their first year of college.

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High school students in the Wichita School District had a chance to get to know the candidates who want to serve on their Board of Education.

At a forum Wednesday, and students were the ones asking the questions.

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The former superintendent for Wichita Public Schools was selected as the 2018 Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

John Allison worked for the district for eight years before leaving in June to become the superintendent for Olathe Public Schools in northeast Kansas.

The Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA) selected Allison for the top honor based in part on his record of increasing student enrollment and the graduate rate at Wichita Public Schools.

KSSA called the graduation rate increase of 19.3 percent during Allison’s tenure “unprecedented.”

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