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Wichita Public School Superintendent John Allison has been named a finalist for both a national and a statewide award.

The Green-Garner Award is the country’s top prize for urban school education leadership. It honors educators for excellence in leadership, professionalism and improving school achievements.

Allison was also a finalist for the Green-Garner prize in 2012. In a statement, he said the award honors the entire district’s achievements.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing funding for the Wichita Area Technical College to create a new collaborative network for manufacturing education.

WATC received an $800,000 grant to set up this network called Manufacturing Alliance Keeping Education Relevant to Technical Employee Competence or “MakerTEC.” The goal is to create a qualified workforce in science, technology, engineering and math industries.

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After months of contention, the local teachers' union and the USD 259 school board have come to a tentative contract agreement for the 2016-17 school year.

The contract contains a compensation package increasing the board of educations monetary contribution by 3.98 percent. Details of the tentative agreement include:

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The State of Kansas is requiring students to pay a greater share of higher education costs than ever before.

According to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Kansas Center for Economic Growth, higher education in Kansas is in trouble. The report found state funding for regents universities is 17 percent less than it was in 2008. Community colleges are also receiving less funding, which puts a higher cost burden on students at those schools.

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Wichita Public Schools released the results of its official headcount for the school year.

Enrollment in USD 259 dropped by close to 600 students this year, something the district says is the result of budgeting decisions. That includes denying of out-of-district enrollment for new students, consolidating the two metro high school programs, and combining the city's two Adult Learning Centers.

In a release, the district said Wichita Public Schools continues to be a diverse learning community.

Of the 50,561 total students in the district:

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U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced on Wednesday that Challenger Intermediate School in Goddard has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

Challenger is one of 279 public and 50 private schools receiving the honor.

According to a release from the Goddard district, schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education. The honor means Challenger Intermediate is performing among the top 0.4% of schools in the country.

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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.