The State Board of Education is reopening a discussion about how to make prosecutors do a better job of reporting felony convictions. The Board of Education wants their help weeding out problem teachers.
In August, the board revoked the licenses of six teachers who had felony convictions. Four of those teachers had been convicted of sex offenses against minors.
The Kansas Head Start Association says 440 fewer children will be able to participate in its programs because of sequester cuts.
Before the federal budget cuts took effect earlier this year, Kansas Head Start programs had more than 9,000 slots for children from low-income families. The sequester this year reduced Head Start's budget by over 5 percent.
Head Start is designed to combat poverty by offering preschool education, improving early-childhood nutrition and well-being, and encouraging parent involvement.
Kansas joined 30 other states in enrolling students in a federally funded program to raise high school graduation rates and help students prepare for college and careers.
The program, Jobs for America's Graduates, helps students who might be at risk of dropping out of school by offering them mentoring and extra support. Figures from Jobs for America's Graduates show that 90 percent of students in the program finish high school.
Researchers at the University of Kansas have been hired by the State Department of Education to develop a model anti-bullying policy for use in schools statewide.
All Kansas schools must have an anti-bullying policy, but coming up with effective policies and practices to meet that requirement can get complicated. Researchers at the University of Kansas plan to launch a statewide series of meetings in October to present educators with a model policy to build their own programs around.