Education

Education
11:56 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kansas Plots Teacher Evaluation Course

Kansas teachers and administrators are working with the state Department of Education to develop an evaluation system to measure their performance.

The evaluation system, called the Kansas Education Evaluation Protocol or "KEEP" is a pilot program being used in about two dozen districts statewide. It is part of the state's efforts to comply with the requirements of a federal waiver it received under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Education
5:52 am
Thu November 15, 2012

KS Board Of Education To Consider Cursive Writing Recommendation

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The Kansas Board of Education could develop a set of recommendations for teaching cursive writing in Kansas schools. The board discussed the issue Wednesday at a meeting in Topeka.

Cursive writing is not required to be taught in Kansas, but some members have heard from their constituents about the issue. 

Education officials surveyed Kansas school districts and 90 percent of the ones that responded said they do teach cursive.

Janet Waugh is a board member from Kansas City, Kan.

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Education
1:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Report: Science Reduced In Kansas Elementary Schools

A new report says elementary schools in Kansas and surrounding states have reduced, or even eliminated, science education in recent years to emphasize reading and math.

The Kansas State Board of Education was told Tuesday that one in five elementary teachers in Kansas and surrounding states are recording science grades even when they don't teach the subject.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

End Of Busing Soon Could Be Official In Wichita

A school bus waiting for students
Credit Bill McChesney / Flickr

More than four years after the Wichita school district stopped transporting students across town to racially integrate schools, the district has taken another step toward being freed from a voluntary busing agreement.

The Wichita School Board voted this week to approve a new contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The move gives the agency six months to tell the district whether it's released from the busing agreement.

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Election 2012
7:05 am
Wed October 24, 2012

KS Dems, Republicans Have Different Outlooks On Education

Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.

Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.

Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.

Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Democrats Create Own Website For School Funding

Kansas legislative Democrats launched their own online survey on schools Monday, to counter a new website created by Governor Sam Brownback's administration.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis said their site will gather suggestions for finding school spending inefficiencies - like the governor's - but it will also collect success stories of how schools are operating.

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Education
6:13 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In KS Report Card

Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance. The districts have switched to tests prepared by ACT, which is known for college entrance exams.

The Kansas Board of Education Wednesday voted not to include the ACT test scores in the state’s official report card provided to the federal government. Including the ACT scores would lower the state’s overall grade.

“When we’re discussing assessment results, we can’t compare oranges and apples,” says board member Jana Shaver from Independence.

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Education
8:35 am
Tue October 16, 2012

KS School Board Reviews Science Standards Work

An illustration of planet Earth.
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State Board of Education members are reviewing the progress of Kansas and other states in drafting common science standards.

The board plans to hear Tuesday afternoon from the state official overseeing work on the standards and from a member of the state’s standards-writing committee.

Kansas is working with 25 other states and the National Research Council on common standards for possible adoption in their public schools.

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Wichita State University
6:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Bardo Formally Inaugurated As President Of WSU

WSU's 13th president, Dr. John William Bardo.
Wichita State University

After more than three months on the job, Dr. John Bardo was formally inaugurated Friday as the 13th president of Wichita State University.

Bardo gave his inaugural address to a crowd of faculty, staff, students, state officials and community members– including former WSU President Don Beggs and Gov. Sam Brownback.

He said it is more clear to him than ever that the fortunes of Wichita State and those of the greater Wichita area are linked.

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Art Education
6:43 am
Wed October 3, 2012

New Emporia State Program Aims To Increase Art Therapists In State

Despite a strong hand in the development of the practice, Kansas does not offer a license to art therapists. But the art therapy faculty at Emporia State University are trying to change that.

In 2001 attempt by the Kansas Art Therapy Association to get support for a licensure bill failed.

Legislators told the Kansas Art Therapy Association they needed 100 board certified art therapists practicing in the state for them to consider licensure.

But, says Emporia State University faculty member Libby Schmanke, they just can’t seem to get close to that number.

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