5:13 am
Tue May 26, 2015

$67,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Hispanic College-Bound Students

Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation Wichita-area high school senior scholarship recipients
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Fifty Hispanic high school seniors in the Wichita area will be awarded $67,000 in scholarships. The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation will present the awards at a recognition banquet in Wichita Wednesday night. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports:

The students will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000 to help them pursue their higher education goals. Irma Luna, administrative director for the Wichita-based foundation, says the awards are based on financial need, academic achievements and community involvement.

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4:47 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Educator Introduces Interactive Yearbook at Wichita's Northeast Magnet

Justin Bell demonstrates augmented reality technology being used in the Northeast Magnet High School yearbook
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Educator and yearbook advisor Justin Bell is determined that Northeast Magnet’s new yearbook won’t sit on a shelf and collect dust in the coming years. The annual will actually have segments embedded that come to life.

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4:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Voters in Maize School District To Decide $83.5 Million Bond Election

A rendering of an expanded and renovated Maize Middle School.

Mail-in ballots are going out on Thursday to voters in the Maize School District.

The issue to be decided is an $83.5 million dollar bond proposal which has two propositions. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports...

The first question on Maize Schools’ proposed bond is for eight projects that total more than $70 million.

The plan includes an expansion of Maize Middle School, about $14 million in athletic facility upgrades and a new FEMA storm shelter at Maize High School.

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5:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

State Leaders Urging Kansas School Districts To Focus On Financial Literacy

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A Wichita-based state education leader has launched a new effort to get school districts to ramp up their financial literacy curriculum. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports. 

GOP state board of education member Jim McNiece of Wichita joined forces with the chairman of the Kansas House Education Committee to urge school districts to teach financial literacy.

McNiece and Republican State Representative Ron Highland signed a joint letter on why financial literacy is an essential part of a sound education.

It’s going out to local school board presidents and superintendents.

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5:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Friends University To Offer Adults Flexibility With Evening Elementary Education Courses

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Starting June 1st, adults interested in taking elementary education classes at Friends University in Wichita will have a new option to attend classes at night. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

The Elementary Education program at Friends University prepares adult students to teach grades K-6.

David Hofmeister Dean of the Graduate School and Interim Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies says adult students will be well prepared by the faculty.

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3:06 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Kansas Officials To Testify In Kansas School Funding Lawsuit

A top Kansas education official and a school superintendent are preparing to testify in a state district court hearing on a new school funding law.

Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis is expected to face questions today in Shawnee County District Court from attorneys for four school districts who are suing the state over education funding.

The Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City districts are asking a three-judge panel to block the new law.Their attorneys said Hutchinson Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger also would testify.

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1:58 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Five School Districts To Receive $500K In Additional Funding

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Governor Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to give five school districts roughly half a million dollars in additional funding.

The State Finance Council is comprised of the governor and leaders from each chamber. It voted Monday to give more money to districts that were hit hard by recent policy changes and had unforeseen expenses.

Eight districts requested about $1.1 million dollars from the $4 million extraordinary needs fund. The panel voted to partially fund five of those requests.

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11:40 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Topeka Waitress Leaves Gov. Brownback A Tip


A restaurant waitress says she left a message for Governor Sam Brownback on his "start a conversation about education."

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chloe Hough was working her last shift as an employee Saturday night at Boss Hawg's in Topeka when she waited on the governor.

Hough later posted his receipt on Facebook, showing the line for the tip crossed out and the phrase "Tip the schools" written beside it.

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11:28 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Kansas Court To Hear Arguments On School Funding Block Grants

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This week, a Kansas district court will hear more arguments in a school funding lawsuit. As Stephen Koranda reports, this is just the latest step in the complex legal battle.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County will hear arguments on whether they should overturn a new school funding system that replaces the old formula with block grants.

They’ll also consider if the state has violated a previous order by cutting some money used to equalize funding between school districts.

The school funding lawsuit in Kansas continues to get more complicated.

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10:03 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Administrators To Recommend Dissolving Maize Schools Police Department

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In a cost-saving measure, Maize USD 266 administrators will be recommending to the Maize Board of Education that the district dissolve its own Maize Schools police department.

In its place, the district would enter into a memorandum of understanding with the city of Maize police department to provide safety and security services for the district.

Safety will continue to be a top priority for Maize Schools, especially regarding its students.

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