Education

Education
10:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Common Core Standards – Helpful or a Hindrance?

Stanley Elementary teacher Cathy Granell says Common Core Standards are benefiting her students.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas Legislature is scheduled to hear a bill today (Feb. 19, 2014) that seeks to repeal Common Core academic standards throughout the state. The standards have become quite a divisive issue.

 

   

Cathy Granell has been a teacher for 18 years and has been at Stanley Elementary for four. She says that the adoption of the Common Core standards forced her to change her approach to lesson planning.

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Education
10:08 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kansas State Board Of Education Reconsidering How Teachers Are Licensed

The Kansas State Board of Education is thinking about changing how teachers are licensed.

Board members have wanted to review the licensing process for years, and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers sped up the process.

The Kansas Department of Education is proposing board members change the regulations to allow for the issuance of a three-year, renewable part-time teaching permit for people with industry-recognized certification or other experience in specialized industries.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Controversial KBOR Social Media Policy Will Stand - For Now

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  

BACKGROUND

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Education
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Opera Stars Samuel Ramey and Alan Held Join WSU Music Faculty

Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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Education
10:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Professors Ask Board Of Regents To Temporarily Suspend New Social Media Policy

More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.

The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.

The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.

Education
9:21 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kansas Universities Join Forces To Seek More Funding From The State

Several Kansas universities are joining forces to make an appeal for higher education spending to be restored after two years of multimillion-dollar budget cuts.

Officials at Washburn University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas say they won't be shy about arguing for stronger state investment in higher education.

They want to see lawmakers restore $23 million dollars in the current fiscal year and $25 million dollars that was scheduled to be withdrawn in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite BOE Support, State-Funded All-Day Kindergarten Not Backed By Lawmakers

A five-year, $80 million plan to pay for full-day kindergarten has support from the State Board of Education, but leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees aren't backing it yet.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley of Ark City says she wants to know how the added spending would affect other services and the state's reserve fund.

Governor Brownback's proposal calls for spending $16 million dollars a year for the next five years until all-day kindergarten is funded fully by the state.

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Board of Regents
2:56 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Regents Social Media Policy Drawing Criticism

A new social media policy passed by the Kansas Board of Regents is drawing fire.

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Education Funding
12:56 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Brownback Supports Funding All-Day Kindergarten

Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to propose the state pick up the additional cost of providing all-day kindergarten in Kansas public schools.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kansas BOE To Decide The Relevancy Of Cursive Handwriting

Kansas State Board of Education members will decide this week whether the state's new handwriting standards will ask schools to ensure fifth- and sixth-graders can write legibly in cursive.

Multi-state academic standards the state adopted in 2010 require schools to teach young students cursive.

Some educators question whether it's a necessary skill, since people are using computer and cell phone keyboards more in communicating.

Still, cursive has its advocates.

A handful of states including Kansas have moved to include teaching it in their academic standards.

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