Education

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Officials from Wichita State University held a town hall meeting Friday on the school's budget. KMUW's Abigail Beckman reports the discussion was held as a way to "prepare for all possible outcomes given the state budget environment."

No budgeting decisions were made or announced at the meeting.

Instead, Wichita State President Dr. John Bardo said his goal was to to gather ideas from faculty and staff about where savings can be found. Bardo said the university has floated the idea of 6 percent across-the-board cut.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has approved Wichita State University’s proposal to offer in-state tuition to students from the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area.

The university already offers in-state benefits to students from certain areas in Oklahoma and Texas as a way to boost overall enrollment and develop economic relationships in those areas.

At the board's meeting Wednesday, WSU President John Bardo said the tuition break has helped boost the number of students coming from those states.

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Wichita State University has submitted a draft proposal of its new weapons policy to a state board for review and approval.

The policies and procedures spell out what to expect when a new state law allowing concealed carry of handguns on Wichita State’s campus takes effect next July.

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has established an education task force that the group says will give businesses a stronger voice on Kansas education issues.

The task force is made up of members of the chamber’s government relations committee and the Business and Education Alliance. Chamber president and CEO Gary Plummer says the group wants to work with legislators to have some input over the state’s K-12 and higher education funding decisions.

Maize Unified School District 266

The Maize Board of Education unanimously approved a boundary map Monday night that would finalize the district's new student placement policy.

This is the first time USD 266 has had boundaries dictating which schools students should attend. Until now, elementary-age students were assigned to a school based on space, and when a student entered middle and high school, families requested a school preference.

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Richard Myers, a retired four-star Air Force general and former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, will be Kansas State University's president as it wrestles with budget problems and the possibility that students, staff and visitors will be allowed to carry concealed guns into its buildings next year.

The Kansas Board of Regents on Tuesday voted unanimously to promote Myers from interim president, a job he's held since April at the land-grant university in Manhattan, which has about 24,000 students.

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Sedgwick County is establishing a new lower speed zone for a major road used to access the new Southeast High School.

Traffic along 127th Street East, between Wichita city limits and 31st Street south, will now be 40 miles per hour, instead of 55.

County Commission Chairman Jim Howell says the change is needed for safety reasons.

Wichita Public Schools

The Choices Fair for Wichita Public Schools is this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Century II Exhibition Hall. The fair allows parents to look at all the educational options the district offers for students.

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After winning a seat in the state senate in the general election, Democrat Lynn Rogers says he's leaning toward resigning from his spot on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools.

State law allows those elected to state office to continue serving on local school boards. In 2000 former Wichita school board member Jean Schodorf chose to keep her seat on the school board when she was elected to the Kansas Senate. Her school board term expired in June 2001.

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Wichita State University says all of its campuses are going tobacco free next summer.

  

University president John Bardo passed the new policy in August. It goes into effect on July 1, 2017.

The new rule bans all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, from WSU properties. The Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act already outlaws smoking within 10 feet of buildings.

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