education

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Several schools in Andover and Wichita will spend the next year redesigning their curriculum in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education.

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Kansas lawmakers voted last weekend to increase public school funding over the next half decade — the latest chapter in a long and winding court battle.

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Kansas and the rest of the country have been stagnant when it comes to math and reading scores over the last decade. But that lack of progress is also true for achievement gaps.

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Kansas could soon join a growing number of states nationwide in providing free college admission testing to high school students.

A provision in the new school finance bill passed Sunday would set aside $2.8 million for one ACT test and three WorkKeys vocational assessments, per student statewide.

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The new mission of Wichita Public Schools says that the district’s objective is to prepare students "to achieve college, career and life readiness through an innovative and rigorous educational experience."

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New test scores for what’s often referred to as the "Nation’s Report Card" are out today for Kansas and the rest of the country.

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Jim Persinger tells the story with a little frustration.

A school administrator saw school psychologists — his field — as interchangeable with counselors and social workers.

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Lawmakers may not know for months whether a deal to pump half a billion dollars into schools goes far enough to end seven years of court battles over whether the state shortchanges Kansas children.

If it falls short, the Kansas Supreme Court could call them back to Topeka this summer with yet another ultimatum to send even more money to local districts.

Arm wrestling over a final deal on Kansas school spending begins in earnest Friday after the Senate settled on a figure that’s much lower than the House’s position.

The bill squeaked through after hours of discussion, winning the last vote necessary only after leaders forced lawmakers who initially abstained to weigh in.

Earlier, with the bill’s fate unclear, Republican leaders in the Senate issued stern direction to members of their party. Some were called into a closed-door meeting with Senate President Susan Wagle.

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The Kansas House has had its say on school finance -- putting the ball in the Senate’s court. But Senate leaders say they won’t move forward on increasing K-12 funding to satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court without a deal to prevent schools from suing again in the future.

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