Education

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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Education
7:20 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Regents Request Additional $47 Mil For KS Universities

The Kansas Board of Regents has finalized a plan outlining how much money it will request from lawmakers for the coming fiscal year.

The spending plan includes $47 million in additional funding for the state’s universities.The board says it tried to keep its request as modest as possible.

The funding request includes a 1 percent pay raise for all university employees and additional money targeted at specific programs and goals.

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Youth and Families
6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Legislative Candidates Discuss Early Childhood Priorities At Forum

A preschooler reading.
Sarah Gilbert Flickr

Sedgwick County legislative candidates Thursday took questions about early childhood policy and priorities at a forum hosted by the Sedgwick County Early Childhood Coordinating Council.

Sixteen candidates attended the forum on the Heartspring campus in east Wichita. They answered questions on preschool standards, child abuse prevention, childcare costs, early intervention, funding and health care.

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Education
7:05 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Regents to Vote on Budget Requests

The Kansas Board of Regents will vote Thursday on a budget request that includes about $45 million in additional funding for improvements and raises for employees.

The increases are targeted at a variety of areas. Nearly $3 million would go to improve the University of Kansas Medical Center and $5 million to strengthen the College of Architecture at Kansas State University.

The proposal also includes more than $7 million for employee pay raises. That would be a 1 percent raise for all employees of the state universities.

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Education
7:06 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Kansas Students Slip On Standardized Tests

A student fills out answers on a standardized test form.
Shannan Muskopf Flickr

A new report for Kansas public schools shows that students slipped in their performance on standardized tests during the past school year.

Deputy Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander says officials are studying why the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math fell slightly in the 2011-2012 school year.

The figures from the Kansas Department of Education were presented yesterday to the State Board of Education.

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Education
5:46 am
Mon September 17, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education to Stop in Topeka, Emporia

The entrance to the Brown vs. Board of Education Historic Site.
Aaron Sumner Flickr

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Kansas this week.

He has two stops in the state Tuesday. Duncan will be holding a town hall meeting at Emporia State University. He’ll also deliver a speech in Topeka.

Duncan will make a stop in Topeka at the Brown v. Board of Education historic site on Tuesday. Dave Smith is superintendent there. He says Duncan is on a cross-country tour of places with connections to public education.

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Education
6:57 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State Officials Take Home Schooling Talk Off Table

A Kansas lawmaker says there’s no need to talk about new home schooling requirements, despite plans made last month by the state Board of Education to have that discussion.

House-Senate Legislative Educational Planning Committee chair Steve Huebert says several board members have heard of children being kept at home to baby-sit younger siblings.

But he said that current state law is adequate to investigate such claims without having to consider new laws to address the issue.

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Education
10:18 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In School Lawsuit

Attorney Arthur Chalmers speaks before a panel of judges in Topeka.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A panel of district court judges in Topeka heard closing arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit over state education funding.

Attorney Alan Rupe represents a group of school districts, students and parents suing the state.

He says lawmakers aren’t living up to promises to increase school spending and some students aren’t receiving an adequate education.

“We might be doing OK for some of our kids, but when it comes to our constitution - and that’s an adequate education for all kids - we are falling behind,” says Rupe.

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Wichita State University
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

New WSU President Bardo Wants To Explore Private Partnerships, Grow Campus Area

WSU President John Bardo at the announcement of his selection.
Wichita State University

On July 1, John Bardo became the 13th president of Wichita State University. 

He previously served as the chancellor of West Carolina University for 16 years.

KMUW's Carla Eckels talks with President Bardo about his ties to WSU and formulating a strategic plan for the future.

No Child Left Behind
6:59 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Kansas NCLB Waiver Could Have Unintended Consequences

The No Child Left Behind Act was designed by President George W. Bush’s administration to improve failing schools. But since its passage, several states have sought exemptions from the program, which implements national educational standards.

Kansas received one of those waivers last week, but state Board of Education member Walt Chappell says there’s no real advantage to being waived from the requirements of the program.

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