The Kansas State Board of Education is thinking about changing how teachers are licensed.
Board members have wanted to review the licensing process for years, and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers sped up the process.
The Kansas Department of Education is proposing board members change the regulations to allow for the issuance of a three-year, renewable part-time teaching permit for people with industry-recognized certification or other experience in specialized industries.
In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the seven-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:
Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.
Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.
As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.
More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.
The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.
The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.
The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.