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Education
7:16 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kan. On Defensive Over School Funding Before Court

Several Kansas Supreme Court justices said Tuesday the state has broken its funding promises to public schools.

But they acknowledged that the current funding guidelines might not be feasible for the state, long-term.

The court will decide whether to uphold a lower-court's ruling from January. It ordered the state to increase school funding by at least $440 million a year.

A state law enacted in 2006 set the state's base funding for public schools at $4,492 per student, but the current base state funding is $3,838 per student, or nearly 15 percent less.

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Education
7:39 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Enrollment Drops At Kansas Community Colleges

Enrollment is down this fall at the 19 community colleges in Kansas.

A new report by the Kansas Board of Regents says statewide community college enrollments are down more than 3.8 percent. That's a drop of nearly 3,100 students from last fall.

Kansas City Community College experienced the largest decline of 911 students from last fall.

The Board of Regents' head count is based on the first 20 days of the fall semester. Enrollment may go up as students sign up for a second eight-week schedule and for online courses.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kansas Education Official Responds To 'Misinformation'

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she's sending a "friendly" letter to the state Republican Party this week to correct what she and other education leaders say is misinformation about Common Core standards for reading and math.

DeBacker's letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Kansas GOP state committee last weekend, calling for the state to withdraw from Common Core.

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Education
7:54 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Should All KS Students Take The ACT?

Some state officials are wondering if all Kansas students should be required to take the ACT college readiness exam.

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Common Core Standards
6:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas School Officials Look To Address Data Concerns

Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards.

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Education
6:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

School Districts Getting Paid For Successful Tech Students

The state is rewarding Kansas school districts for trying to get students certified in technical education specialties.

Gov. Brownback presented $703,000 in checks to 111 districts Tuesday.

The state awards districts with $1,000 for each student who completes a technical education program and earns certification through a state vocational or technical college.

The funds are part of a program the state launched in 2012 to increase the number of certified technicians to meet industry demands.

Education
6:58 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Critics Of Education Standards Voice Concern

Critics of the Kansas Board of Education's decision to adopt national standards for math and reading urged the board to reconsider its decision Tuesday.

Kansas is among 46 states that have adopted the national standards; they set academic expectations for students from kindergarten through high school.

The state adopted the standards in 2010, and school districts have begun implementing them in the classrooms and in teacher training.

Education
6:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wichita Middle School Students Get Chance At Flight Over Wichita

A group of middle school students will get a chance to fly over Wichita this week to mark the end of their mentoring program.

The Flying Challenge program ends Thursday at the National Center for Aviation Training.

The program matches Airbus and Wichita State University engineering students with 80 students at Brooks Middle School in Wichita.

The students participate in a robotics lab, a paint lab, a radio-controlled airplane demonstration and this flight over Wichita,

Education
2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kansas House Considers Bill Limiting Teacher's Negotiation Rights

Kansas legislators returned from a four-day break Wednesday  to discuss a bill that would narrow contract negotiations between teachers and public school districts.

Substitute House Bill 2027 has been criticized by as an "attack on educators" by the Kansas National Education Association.

The House Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development considered the bill today . The measure would reduce the number of issues that teachers could negotiate with local school boards.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Brownback Outlines New Education Budget Proposals

Gov. Sam Brownback's new budget proposals would phase in a $76 million increase in aid to public schools over two years.  He would would also use $77 million in revenue from state-owned casinos to help fund teacher pensions. 

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