Critics of the Kansas Board of Education's decision to adopt the Common Core Standards for math and reading will voice their concerns Tuesday's at the board's meeting.
Kansas is among 46 states that have adopted the Common Core Standards; they set academic expectations for students from kindergarten through high school. The state adopted the standards in 2010 and school districts have begun implementing them in the classrooms and training teachers.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has awarded grants totaling nearly $83,000 to 27 of the state's public schools for recycling-related projects.
The department the grants were awarded for the next school year and will help pay for recycling bins, composting programs, programs for handling cafeteria waste and field trips to recycling centers. Schools from across the state won grants from $750 t0 $4500.
The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.
Maize's School Board recently voted to eliminate the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.
A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.
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.