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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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.

Board of Education
8:44 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Board of Ed Supports Districts Seeking To Use Alternate Student Tests

The Kansas State Board of Education is supporting three school districts that want to use an alternative to state approved tests.

The schools want to use tests from the group ACT to measure student performance instead of state assessments.

The districts are Clifton - Clyde, McPherson and Kansas City, Kansas.

The districts will have to apply to the federal government for a waiver to use the alternative tests.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to support the request.

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Board of Education
8:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

BOE To Work On Education Funding Proposal

The Kansas Board of Education will work on their proposal for state education funding this week. 

They’re taking comments from organizations on what they should pursue.

One group is urging them to push for a big funding increase.

1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Education Official Testifies In School Funding Lawsuit

A Kansas official says school districts are concerned about more than just the resources needed to provide their students with a suitable education.

Deputy Education Commissioner Craig Neuenswander finished testifying today in the trial of a lawsuit over how Kansas funds its public schools. He was called by attorneys for the 54 school districts whose lawsuit claims Kansas has been spending too little to satisfy the state constitution’s requirement for providing a “suitable” education.  He said schools want to make sure students have the knowledge they need to be productive.

Wichita State University
8:48 am
Fri June 15, 2012

WSU Holds Farewell Reception For The Beggs

Don and Shirley Beggs enjoying their farewell party
Carla Eckels

A farewell reception for Wichita State University President and First Lady, Don and Shirley Beggs was held Thursday on campus.

A room in Koch Arena was filled with well-wishers, faculty and staff wearing black and gold, the Wu Shock, cheerleaders, all wanting to express their appreciation for the Beggs.

For 13 and a half years, the couple tirelessly supported WSU.

Bobby Gandu was a student during their tenure and is now WSU’s Director of Admissions. He says the Beggs are going out with style, grace and a lot of respect and pride for the institution.

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1:45 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Kansas Aviation Museum To Unveil Stearman Car

The Kansas Aviation Museum will unveil a new exhibit Thursday featuring the last car owned by airplane designer Lloyd Stearman, a pioneer of Wichita aviation.

The car is a 1960s Mercedes diesel sedan. Stearman purchased the car to drive while on vacation in Europe and later had it shipped back to the States. Kansas aviation museum executive director Lon Smith says Stearman made modifications to the car like putting in a Sears air-conditioning unit.

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12:21 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Voracious Readers Earn New Bicycles

Yesterday was the last day of school for students of Irving Elementary, and that meant an assembly honoring their scholastic achievements.

An accelerated reading program at Irving Elementary School began six years ago, including an initiative from community sponsors to provide prizes for strong readers.

Students earned points for the number of pages they read and scores on comprehension quizzes, and then those points translated to prizes.

Principal Larry Perlman says this year, 12 students read 1 million words and were awarded with bicycles for their hard work.

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