Education

Education
12:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Brownback Appoints Educator To Student Performance And Efficiency Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed an educator to the last open spot on a new Kansas commission that will examine ways to make public schools more efficient.

But a spokesman for the state’s biggest teachers’ union says earlier appointments by a legislative leader show that the panel will have an anti-public schools agenda.

On Wednesday Brownback named Hoisington High School principal Meg Wilson to the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. He previously appointed superintendents Bev Mortimer of Concordia and Jim Hinson of Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district.

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Education
11:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Teacher Licensing Law Generates Interest

Kansas officials say the state is hearing from people interested in new teaching license regulations that would allow some people to teach without having education degrees.

The changes that took effect on Tuesday are aimed at making it easier for people with professional experience to fill teaching vacancies in math, science, technology and engineering.

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Education
11:15 am
Wed July 2, 2014

KNEA To File Lawsuit Challenging The State's New Education Laws

The largest teachers union in Kansas plans to file a lawsuit after the July Fourth holiday challenging new education polices enacted this spring, including the elimination of guaranteed tenure in public schools.

Attorneys for the Kansas National Education Association intend to file the lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court.

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Education
1:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Advocacy Groups To Put Support Behind Pro-Education Candidates Ahead Of Primary Election

Kansas education groups are gearing up their political activities ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election, putting their money and energy behind state House candidates that support public schools.

Organizers say teachers view recent changes in teacher licensing and loss of administrative due process as an attack on their profession.

The Kansas National Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, has more than $400,000 to spend this election cycle. Other organizations are going door to door to boost turnout for pro-education candidates.

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Education
12:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Kansas Board of Education OKs Teaching License Changes

The Kansas State Board of Education has approved changes that will allow people with career experience -but no education degree- to teach in public schools. As Stephen Koranda reports, the changes will allow people with real-world experience to teach subjects including math, science and technical education.

The new regulations were prompted by a bill passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature, although the Board of Ed had already been considering some new rules. The changes easily passed on a 9-1 vote. That majority included board member Steve Roberts.

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DCCC Board Supports Proposed Fort Hays State Merger

The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees wants to be clear that it supports a proposed merger with Fort Hays State University.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday declaring its support for the plan.

The trustees wanted to end any talk of the Dodge City school operating as a separate institution, with Fort Hays having a presence on campus.

Education
12:36 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

KBOE Preparing To Approve New Teacher Licensing Rules

The Kansas State Board of Education is preparing to approve regulations for implementing a new state law allowing teaching licenses for people with relevant experience but no education degree.

Legislators approved the measure as a way to increase the available pool of teachers in science, math, engineering and technology in secondary schools.

The board has already given the regulations preliminary approval. Final approval at a meeting today is the last step before the law takes effect July 1.

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Education
12:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

KS Universities, Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement

A new agreement signed by universities and community colleges in Kansas can help students earn associate degrees. The program is aimed at helping students who transfer from a community college to a university.

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

KBOR Approves 5 Percent Tuition Hike For WSU

The Kansas Board of Regents is raising tuition and fees at state universities this fall, which includes Wichita State University. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

The resident undergraduate rate for tuition and fees ranges from a 2.5 percent increase at Fort Hays State University to a 5.7 percent increase at Kansas State University-Salina.

The increases will provide almost 29 million dollars in additional revenues for the universities in the system.

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Education
12:19 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Kansas Regents To Vote On Tuition Increases

The Kansas Board of Regents will consider proposed tuition increases at a meeting this week. Breeze Richardson, with the board, says this will be the final step in the process. Universities have spent the last few months developing and submitting their proposals.

“Those proposals were brought forth at last month’s meeting," Richardson says. "And then the final proposals will be presented tomorrow and voted upon.”

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