Education

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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Board of Education
5:24 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kansas Board To Revise Teacher Licensing Rules

The State Board of Education has voted to require all Kansas teachers renewing their licenses to submit fingerprints for checks against a state criminal database.

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Common Core Standards
5:44 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards

The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

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Education
2:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kansas BOE Considers How To Force Prosecutors To Report Felons

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.

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Education
7:16 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Walt Chappell: Kansas Schools Don't Need More Money

A former member of the Kansas State Board of Education says schools don't need more money and he opposes a school finance suit.

Wichita Republican Walt Chappell submitted an amicus brief to the Kansas Supreme Court this month.

Education
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Wichita School Board Considers Policy Change For Abuse-Reporting

The Wichita school district is considering revising its policy for reporting suspected abuse.

The revised policy would direct employees to call 911 immediately if they witness a situation "that may constitute criminal activity."

Wichita's school board will consider revisions Monday.

People were concerned that the current policy did not expressly direct teachers to call police, but instead required them to call district security.

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Education
1:43 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Sequester Cuts 440 Fewer Kids In State Head Start Programs, 74 Fewer Spots In Wichita

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.

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Education
1:33 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

School-To-Career Program 'Jobs For America's Graduates' Comes To Kansas

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.

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Education
7:26 am
Mon August 19, 2013

KU Asked To Build Model Statewide Anti-Bullying Policy

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.

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Common Core Standards
6:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas School Officials Look To Address Data Concerns

Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards.

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