5:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Shepard New SGA President At WSU

Incoming SGA President Joseph Shepard discusses campus activities with students Ken Ma, Crystal Davis and Hitesh Rathod at WSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Rhatigan Student Center
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Joseph Shepard will be sworn in Wednesday as Wichita State University’s new Student Government Association President. The organization is governed by students and committed to their issues and concerns. Shepard will be a lead advocate for about 15,000 students with a student fee budget of more than $9 million. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Shepard about his new role…

Well first of all tell me, how does it feel to be the new president?

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4:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Kansas School Board Delays Vote On Allowing Unlicensed Teachers In Classrooms

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The Kansas State Board of Education has delayed a vote on a plan to let some school districts hire unlicensed teachers.

The proposal would have affected a group of six Kansas districts, known as the Coalition of Innovative School Districts. As Stephen Koranda reports, the board had been set to vote on the plan Thursday.

The delay came after deans of education schools at Kansas universities raised concerns, as did teachers. Nicole Meier is a Kindergarten teacher from Topeka and a Teacher of the Year finalist.

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4:15 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

WSU Foundation Receives Sizable Donation For Honors College

Dorothy and Bill Cohen made a quick stop at the Rhatigan Student Center construction site during a visit to the WSU campus.

The Wichita State University Foundation has received a sizable donation from longtime donors. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the funds will go towards the school’s honor college…

A gift of $5 million has been given to the WSU Foundation from Dorothy and Bill Cohen.

According to university officials, most of the funds are earmarked for the Honors College, which will be renamed the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College.

The money will be used for student scholarships, fellowships for faculty and an annual program focused on student leadership.

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2:20 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Despite Pleas From Parents, Mount Hope Elementary Set To Close

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Despite pleas from parents, the Haven school board has reaffirmed an earlier decision to close an elementary school.

The board voted 4-3 Monday night to close Mount Hope Elementary School at the end of the current school year. The south central Kansas school has fewer than 40 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

Parents, students and Mount Hope residents showed up at Monday's meeting to argue that closing the school would devastate Mount Hope.

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3:09 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Predicted Severe Weather Causes Evening Cancelations

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Wichita Public Schools has canceled all after school activities due to severe weather predicted for today. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

The district announced that all after-school and evening activities, including athletic practices and competitions, fine arts rehearsals, student clubs and other such activities will be canceled today due to storms that are predicted to hit Wichita this afternoon.

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7:30 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Education Advocates Walk 60 Miles To Kansas Statehouse

Supporters of the walk gather in the Kansas Statehouse.
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Education advocates wrapped up a 60-mile walk on Monday at the Kansas Statehouse.

Eleven people completed the trek from the Kansas City are to Topeka to focus attention on public school funding.

Lauren Van Wagoner from Hoyt says she made the trip because she has a six-year-old daughter with autism.

“Since my daughter’s in special education, I often see how thin those resources are for those kids, and I’m concerned those resources are going to continue to get thinner,” says Van Wagoner.

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12:54 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Senate Rejects Bill On Teacher Contracts

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A bill that would have forced a re-negotiation of all teacher salaries at the end of their current term was defeated in the Senate.

The Senate voted 13-27 to reject the bill Wednesday. It would have also eliminated the current teacher pay scale by narrowing salary talks between school boards and teachers unions to minimum salary.

Republican Sen. Jeff Melcher from Leawood inserted the changes into the bill and said they would help school reward good teachers and fire underperformers.

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12:35 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Brownback Signs School Funding Overhaul Into Law

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Republican Governor Sam Brownback has signed a $4.1 billion plan to overhaul Kansas' school funding system.

The governor signed the bill into law Wednesday during a private ceremony in the presence of GOP leaders.

It scraps the current formula for determining state aid and replaces it with "block grants" to school districts based on their current aid. The grant system will be in place for two years while the Legislature develops a new formula.

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12:46 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

State House Committee Rejects Proposed Ban On Common Core Standards

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The House Education committee has rejected a proposed ban on using multi-state Common Core academic standards in the state's public schools.

On Friday, the committee voted 10-7 against the bill, that would prevent any school district or official from giving "any measure of control" over academic standards to any group outside Kansas.

Common Core foes opponents are split over whether to pursue softer language for the bill to help it advance.

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1:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Slowing Enrollment In Kansas Schools Shows Economic Recovery

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The number of students who enrolled in the Kansas higher education system dropped slightly in 2014, especially among older, non-traditional students which officials say indicates economic recovery.

The overall enrollment at Kansas public institutions, including community colleges and technical schools, fell 2.5 percent from the 2012-2013 academic year to the following one.

The Kansas Board of Regents met last week to discuss enrollment at the state's schools.

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