1:59 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

KS Public Schools Receive "C" Grade

According to Education Week's annual rankings, Kansas' public schools are 37th in the country.

The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings today, and Kansas' overall grade was a C. The state received a B minus for its standards, assessments and a category called "chance for success." Kansas earned an A for early childhood education, but an F for "college readiness." The rest of the categories were mixed, with Kansas getting a D+ for K-12 achievement, a B+ for workforce readiness, and an A minus for school accountability.

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12:01 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

KU Joins Technology Service To Give Faculty, Students Wireless Access Abroad

KU has connected Eduroam, a service that allows faculty and students to log onto a wireless network at any other participating research or education institution. Conversely, visitors from Eduroam partner institutions can connect to KU's wireless network.

Eduroam started Europe and now boasts 6,000 member organizations in 58 countries, including 78 institutions in the U.S. KU is one of only a few schools in the Midwest using the service.

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5:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

USD 259 Taking Nominations For Teacher Awards

Teachers from Wichita Public Schools receive awards at a past ceremony.
Credit USD259

Wichita Public Schools is accepting nominations for the 2012-13 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award to honor new and experienced teachers.

The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award program recognizes outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education of more than 50,000 students in the Wichita school district. Awards are given in seven categories: new elementary teacher, new secondary teacher, primary teacher, intermediate, middle school and high school teacher and support teacher.

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6:23 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Deferred Maintenance Backlog Down At KS Colleges

The list of needed repairs at Kansas' public universities is declining amid increased spending and low bids from contractors scrambling for work.

Nearly 40 percent of regents' university buildings were built during the 1960s and 1980s when there was huge growth in higher education. With those buildings now aging and requiring major repairs, the Kansas Legislature approved funding in 2007. Federal stimulus money also was used for repairs, but from 2008 to 2011, the repair estimate grew to $904 million from $825 million.

12:49 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Kansas Regents Approve Room And Board Increases

Students at the state's six universities will pay more for room and board next year.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved rate increases for all six state schools Wednesday.

Wichita State students will see 3.5% increase in their room and board.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that increases are needed to cover rising operating expenses and to continue making facilities improvements.

Emporia State students will see the highest increase--3.7 percent--and Fort Hays State students will only pay a little over 1% more for room and board.

5:55 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Kansas Board Encourages Cursive Instruction

Cursive handwriting instruction is getting a nod of support from the Kansas Board of Education.  

During Wednesday's meeting, the board unanimously adopted a statement encouraging educators to ensure students can write legibly in cursive and comprehend text written in cursive.

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12:52 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

KU Med Requests Millions In State Funds

The University of Kansas is asking the state for millions of dollars to help construct a $75 million medical building at its Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

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11:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wichita East Senior Wins WSU's $44,000 Barton Scholarship

Kiah Danielle Duggins and Doug Hensler, dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State.
Credit Wichita State University

Kiah Danielle Duggins, an International Baccalaureate senior at Wichita High School East, is the winner of Wichita State University's 2013-2014 Clay Barton Scholarship in Business. Duggins will receive $11,000 a year for four years to attend WSU.

The $44,000 Barton Scholarship is the biggest business scholarship in the state.

Duggins plans to major in international business and Spanish, and minor in political science at WSU.

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6:10 am
Tue December 11, 2012

KS School Finance Task Force To Meet

A task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback to review the Kansas system for funding public schools held its final meeting Monday in Topeka.

The group was formed by Brownback to look at how funds are spent by school districts and identify areas for improving fiscal efficiency.

Brownback has said school districts should focus more of their resources on classroom instruction and find ways to reduce spending on functions that don't affect teaching. Some ideas that have been discussed are sharing administrative resources and purchasing power.

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11:56 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Kansas School Boards Want To Change Union Bargaining

The Kansas Association of School Boards says it wants teacher evaluations to be separate from union negotiations.

The association voted at its convention last week to lobby lawmakers to remove evaluations from items that must be negotiated with teachers.

Kansas school districts currently are changing the evaluation process for educators and administrators.

By the 2014-2015 school year, districts must meet several federal requirements, including evaluating teachers based in part on students' progress.

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