Education

Education
7:11 am
Fri April 26, 2013

WSU Unveils New Plan For Its Future

Wilner Auditorium on the WSU campus.
Credit Courtesy / Wichita State University

After nearly eight months of meetings with staff, students and community members, Wichita State University has developed a new plan that will be used to shape the future of the university.

On September 5, 2012, WSU President John Bardo kicked off a campus and community-wide strategic planning process. He appointed a steering committee made up of WSU personnel, community and business leaders, plus others with a stake in the future of WSU and the region.

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Education
6:50 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Brownback Wants Higher Education Funding Left Uncut

Gov. Sam Brownback speaking on the WSU campus Monday about the need to leave higher education funding at its current level.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Gov. Sam Brownback met with leaders at Wichita State University Monday to solicit support for his funding proposal that would help maintain state dollars for higher education.

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Education
6:26 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Brownback Visiting Kansas Universities With A Funding Push

Gov. Sam Brownback will start a tour of the state's universities this week to pitch his funding proposal to lawmakers.

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Gun Laws
5:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Regents To Revisit Concealed Weapons Policy

The chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents expects the board to reconsider its policy banning concealed weapons on state university campuses.

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Board of Education
6:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Science Standards Raise Cost Concerns

Kansas officials involved in drafting new science standards for public schools are trying to reassure the State Board of Education that retraining teachers and buying new classroom materials won't be unusually expensive.

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Science
11:45 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Board Of Education To Receive Science Standards

Kansas officials will receive an overview of the latest draft of new science standards for public schools being developed by a national consortium.

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Education
12:47 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

House Committee Approves Bill That Keeps Abortion Services Out of Public Schools

A Kansas House committee approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill today. 

The Federal and State Affairs Committee approved House Bill 2253, which prevents groups that provide abortion services from being involved in the state's public schools. The measure also aims to keep the state from subsidizing abortions--even indirectly--through tax exemptions or credits.

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Education
2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kansas House Considers Bill Limiting Teacher's Negotiation Rights

Kansas legislators returned from a four-day break Wednesday  to discuss a bill that would narrow contract negotiations between teachers and public school districts.

Substitute House Bill 2027 has been criticized by as an "attack on educators" by the Kansas National Education Association.

The House Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development considered the bill today . The measure would reduce the number of issues that teachers could negotiate with local school boards.

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Education
2:44 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Committees To Consider Kansas Public Charter Schools Act

Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and funding opportunities in Kansas.

Now, Kansas has 15 charter schools; they're publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools three years ago, but many closed for financial reasons.

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Education
12:20 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

KS Schools Could See Small Boost In Per-Pupil Funding

Kansas' public schools could receive a slight increases in per-student spending starting in fiscal year 2015.

The State House Appropriations Committee accepted a subcommittee's report on K-12 spending Monday morning. The subcommittee's budget allocates more than $3 billion dollars for all public schools. Funding per pupil would remain at $3,838  for fiscal year 2014 but would increase marginally by $14 per pupil starting July 1, 2014.

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