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New data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows about 44 percent of Kansas students continue onto college or technical education within two years of high school. In response, the state is asking schools to improve their numbers.

Education commissioner Randy Watson says the number of Kansas students going onto college is good compared to other states, but that 44 percent figure, is too low.

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Wichita State University plans to close the Fairmount Towers residence hall in mid-August.

Fairmount Towers, located on the northwest corner of 21st and Hillside, has been open to students for 53 years. Operation inefficiencies, its location off the main campus and limited student demand all contributed to the recommendations to close the dormitory.

WSU spokesman Lou Heldman says the university will move about 300 students into The Flats at WSU, the school's new apartment complex.

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The new superintendent for Wichita Public Schools presided over her first Board of Education meeting on Monday.

Alicia Thompson told board members she plans to launch a series of listening sessions this fall.

District Spokeswoman Susan Arensman says Thompson will use the community feedback to help guide her plan for the district.

"She wants to go out in the community and listen to what parents, community members, business partners and teachers say, what their vision is, what their needs are and what they want to see the school district do," Arensman says.

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A new math class being piloted by dozens of high schools across Kansas seeks to save students stress, time and money when they reach college.

Currently, about one-third of students who continue to two- and four-year colleges in Kansas don’t score high enough on placement tests to enroll directly in college algebra, a class most need in order to graduate.

Instead, they work their way up through remedial classes, a process that can take multiple semesters.

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The Wichita Public School District is moving its administrative offices to the former Southeast High School on Edgemoor.

They’re packing up desks, shelves, files and everything else in the Wichita Public Schools’ downtown offices on north Water Street. The district offices have been at the building for more than 20 years.

District Spokeswoman Susan Arensman says moving out will take place over the next two months because they’re relocating department by department, as well as about 240 employees.

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What's the best college campus in Kansas for LBGTQ students?

Many might guess the University of Kansas in Lawrence, long considered a progressive bastion, but according to CollegeChoice.net, the best bet for LGBTQ students in Kansas is in Manhattan, at Kansas State University.

K-State ranked as the 45th best choice in the country.

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Online enrollment for Wichita Public schools opened Wednesday.

The first day of school is still more than a month away, but parents of returning students in the Wichita school district can get their kids ready for the new school year now.

Parents can use the ParentVUE online portal to complete enrollment forms and waivers, see class schedules and pay for school meals before school starts on Aug. 23. Online enrollment is also available in Spanish.

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The start of July means the start of two new policies that affect students and employees at Wichita State University.

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Students who complete an associate’s degree at Pratt Community College that prepares them to become electrical linemen earn just under $100,000 annually five years after graduation, according to a massive database now available online as an interactive tool. 

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Kansas State University is expanding drone flight training at its Salina campus to include flying after dark.

Flying an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, after the sun sets is against the law.

So it took a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to allow K-State to add night flight training for research and to its curriculum at the Polytechnic Campus.

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