Education

Education
4:56 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Maize School District Building Searched By FBI, Two Employees Placed On Leave

Credit Maize Unified School District 266

Information is scarce as to why FBI investigators are targeting the Maize School District Educational Support Center--the district's headquarters. In a letter sent out on Tuesday, parents were told that school officials are cooperating with the investigation and that it does not involve student safety. 

“We can confirm that two district employees have been placed on administrative leave,” says Lori O’Toole Buselt, director of communications for Maize School District.

Officials for the FBI are also tight-lipped.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Expanding Horizons: An Effort To Inspire Girls To Pursue Fields In Science And Technology

As this student hunts for Waldo, the object on the table is able follow where she's looking. This one of three "alternate input" devices at the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Wichita State University.
Credit Sean Sandefur

In 1974, a group of female scientists and educators in San Francisco started an organization called Expanding Your Horizons. It was simply a way to support one another and share ideas. Eventually, conferences were formed and young girls were introduced to science, technology, engineering and math.

Forty years later, these efforts continue across the world. Roughly 25,000 middle school-aged girls take part each year, including some in Wichita.   

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Education
1:14 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Will Kansas' Recent Revenue Forecast Lead To School Budget Cuts?

Kansas education leaders fear a new revenue forecast requiring the state to make $278 million dollars in cuts this fiscal year will result reductions in school funding.

The state's fiscal situation is expected to be discussed at a Kansas Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. Board member Janet Waugh says education spending in the state already is down to the bare bones.

State Department of Education officials say they don't think Brownback or the Legislature plan to cut K-12 spending because of statements they have made that indicated education would not be targeted.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom Discusses Hate Crimes

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom spoke about hate crimes Wednesday at WSU. One of the topics he addressed was the Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka church founded by Fred Phelps.
Credit Abigail Wilson

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom spoke against hate crimes on Wednesday during a presentation at Wichita State University. The Hate Crime Prevention Act was passed five years ago this month. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more.

Grissom spoke to students about the need to eradicate both hate and hate crimes. He mentioned several events in Wichita that were found to be motivated by hate including arson at a mosque in 2011 and the vandalization of a mural celebrating immigration earlier this year.

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Education
12:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Washburn Athletics Receives $1.4M Donation For Scholarships

Washburn University has received a $1.4 million-dollar donation for athletic scholarships.

The money comes from the estate of Dorothy Reichart.

Her late husband, Jerry Reichart, was a lineman on the Washburn football team who earned all-conference honors in 1949. He was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.

The Jerry W. Reichart Athletic Scholarship Fund was created about 20 years ago. With the latest gift, the fund now totals nearly $2 million.

Education
12:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Salina Area Technical College Begins Professional Trucking Program

Because demand for drivers is so strong, Salina Area Technical College is starting a professional trucking program.

Vice president of instruction Pedro Leite says the technical school is looking for seed money; the college hopes to have the program up and running by next spring.

Fort Scott Community College in southeast Kansas offers the only truck driving school in Kansas that's affiliated with the Board of Regents.

Salina Tech will be the second, and much of the necessary equipment has been donated by local industry players.

Education
11:48 am
Mon October 13, 2014

KSU Will Not Renew Contract of Grassland Burning Professor

Kansas State University says it will not renew the contract of a professor who conducted controversial research on grassland burning.

Research associate Gene Towne says he believes his 26-year career will end Oct. 31 because he suggested in a published article that ranchers could burn grassland at times other than April. For years, the university has said spring, especially late April, was the best time for grassland burning to revive the prairie.

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Education
11:39 am
Mon October 13, 2014

200 Students Join Lawsuit Accusing School Of Fraud

Nearly 200 students of a Kansas-based college have joined a lawsuit that accuses the school of fraud.

The lawsuit against Wright Career College was filed last year but amended recently to add 195 more students. The current and former students attended Wright's campuses in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The lawsuit says the private, nonprofit college enticed students to enroll and apply for student loans that they could not pay back. It also claims Wright deceived students about attendance costs and employment prospects.

Education
3:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

WSU Receives Donation, Creates First Endowed Chair For Innovation Campus

An aerial rendering of Wichita State University's strategic plan, which includes over a dozen new buildings over the next 20 years.
Credit Wichita State University

 

Wichita State University announced a significant donation on Thursday morning that will be used for their proposed Innovation Campus, a massive expansion that is slated to be built over Braeburn Golf Course.

The Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation’s gift of $2.5 million will help create the first endowed chair for Innovation Campus.

The Sam Bloomfield Chair in Innovation Engineering is meant to help technology grow in the local and regional economies.

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Education
12:24 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Former Cowley College President Could Receive $200K In Separation Agreement

Former Cowley College President Clark Williams resigned from his post under pressure in April. However, Williams could receive more than $200,000 under his separation agreement.

The agreement keeps Williams from suing the college or competing against it. It also keeps college officials and Williams from discussing the settlement terms.

Williams resigned after only nine months on the job. He was criticized for his decisions, including ending the men's and women's soccer programs and firing men's basketball coach Tommy DeSalme.

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