Education

Education
7:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

School Snack Rules Under Review

The Kansas Board of Education reviewed new federal rules Tuesday on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year.

The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day. Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules.

Cheryl Johnson, the director of child nutrition and wellness at the Kansas Department of Education, told the board that much of the work in Kansas will be creating exemptions for certain activities, such as fundraising bake sales in schools.

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Education
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

WSU, Emporia State Strike Dual Degree Deal

A new agreement will allow students to start science and math degrees at Emporia State University and finish them at Wichita State.

University leaders signed the agreement Tuesday.

It allows students to spend their first three years at Emporia State and their last two at Wichita State.

Students completing the so-called "3+2" program will have earned bachelor of science degrees in mathematics or physics from Emporia State.

They'll also have bachelor's degrees in any of several engineering fields from Wichita State.

Education
8:04 am
Wed October 9, 2013

WSU Promotes Science Careers For Girls

Wichita State University is hosting a career conference emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women.

The Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls is in its first year.

The students can participate in workshops like "Polymers, Polymers Everywhere!," "Clean Air is Always in Fashion," and "The Slime is ALIVE!" The girls will also meet role models in science disciplines.

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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
1:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Worries About 'Constant Litigation' From School Districts

A Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen said during a hearing Tuesday he worries about "constant litigation" if the court sides with school districts that have sued the state to increase public education funding.

A state law enacted in 2006 set the state's base funding for public schools at $4,492 per student each year, but the current base state funding is $3,838 per student, or nearly 15 percent less. In 2010, a lower court ruled that the state must boost its annual spending on public schools by at least $440 million a year.  That lawsuit followed one filed in 1999. 

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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
7:34 am
Mon September 30, 2013

State Officials Back New Science Standards Despite Lawsuit

Kansas education officials are committed to using new science standards in public schools, despite a federal lawsuit attempting to block them.

The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education are defending the multistate standards, which the board adopted in June after two years of consideration.

Parents and a non-profit group filed a lawsuit last week, criticizing the way the standards treat evolution.

The guidelines say that evolution is a well-established scientific theory.

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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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Higher Education
5:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Regents Request Budget Restoration

The Kansas Board of Regents has asked the governor to restore tens of millions of dollars in higher education spending that was cut this spring.

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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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