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Education
10:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

KSDE Says Schools With Lowest Property Values Benefit Most From Supreme Court Ruling

Kansas school districts with the lowest property valuations stand to receive the bulk of any new money approved by legislators, in response to last week's state Supreme Court ruling.

The Kansas Department of Education says that districts in Kansas City, Kan., southeast counties, and other rural areas would benefit the most.

The department estimates lawmakers need to spend $129 million to fully comply with Friday's ruling.

Districts would use the money for general operations and to buy certain equipment.

Education
10:05 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Garden City Community College May Soon Offer Four-Year Degree Programs

Garden City Community College may soon offer some four-year degrees to students.

The programs would be offered through National American University.

Officials of National American visited Garden City Monday to discuss the baccalaureate programs that the college could offer.

Community college president Herbert Swender says the possibilities for four-year degrees include criminal justice and allied health.

Education
10:34 am
Mon March 10, 2014

State Lawmakers Resume Talks Over Education Funding

State lawmakers are resuming their talks about education funding.

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling last week said the state has created inequalities between schools districts and that lawmakers violated the Kansas Constitution by cutting funds that help equalize school district budgets.

The group that filed that lawsuit, and some lawmakers, say the solution is to restore more than $100 million dollars in education funds.

Democratic House Representative and governor candidate Paul Davis says Kansas has fallen short.

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Education
10:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Supreme Court Finds Current School Funding Levels Unconstitutional

Update: The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.

In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.

The Kansas Supreme Court will hand down a decision Friday in a lawsuit over school funding.

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Education
9:57 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Brownback Continues Campaign For All-Day Kindergarten At Vermillion Elementary In Maize, KS

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaks before a crowd inside the Vermillion Elementary School gym. Brownback stopped at the school to spread his message that state-funded all-day kindergarten is needed across the state.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is currently on a tour of kindergarten facilities across the state. Tuesday afternoon he made his way to Vermillion Elementary in Maize.

Before speaking before a crowd at the school, Brownback visited with kindergarteners during their lessons. The stopover in Maize is part of his campaign to provide state funding for all-day kindergarten throughout Kansas. The cost of the plan is estimated to be an additional $16 million a year for the next five years.

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Education
10:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kansas Dept. Of Education Changing Rules To Hire More Technical Ed Instructors

Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations so school districts can hire more technical education instructors.

The state Department of Education is writing changes that would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach in public schools.

The Department of Ed is designing the changes to help districts hire people who have industry certification or career experience in technical fields like plumbing or welding.

People receiving the licenses could then teach on a full- or part-time basis.

Education
9:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

University Of Kansas To Begin Construction On Two New Dorm Halls

The University of Kansas is ready to begin construction of two five-story halls that will house 350 students.

Groundbreaking for the $47.8 million project is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The new residence halls will include two- and four-person suites. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2015, with the first students moving in that August.

The nearly 50-year-old McCollum Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2015.

Students will be able to sign up online to live in the new halls in September.

Education
11:21 am
Tue February 25, 2014

WSU President John Bardo Proposes 'Innovation Campus'

Credit wichita.edu

Wichita State President John Bardo gave an outlook of the coming 2013-2014 school year on Monday afternoon. His presentation included new construction planned for the campus.

According to Bardo, a big part of the future of the university is what they are calling "Innovation Campus." This will give an opportunity to outside companies to build infrastructure on school grounds - bringing with them new ideas, technology, jobs and internships.

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Education
9:46 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Gov. Brownback Visits Schools To Drum Up Support For All-Day Kindergarten

Governor Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools on Tuesday to build more support for his proposal to fund all-day Kindergarten across Kansas.

Governor Brownback has asked legislators to increase state support by $16 million dollars a year over five years, until the program is fully funded.

The governor is scheduled to visit a classroom in Silver Lake today; he visited a school in Topeka on Monday.

Education
10:04 am
Thu February 20, 2014

House Committee Hears Testimony Over Bill That Would Ban Common Core Standards

The Kansas House Education Committee heard testimony on a bill that would bar using Common Core academic standards for reading and math in public schools.

Supporters and opponents of Common Core filled the meeting room yesterday.

Witnesses had 90 seconds each to address the committee, which asked no questions and took no action on the bill.

The bill would reverse the state Board of Education's adoption of the standards in 2010. It would also create an advisory group to develop new guidelines for math and reading.

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