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Education
6:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Governor Brownback Considers Options To Save Education Funding

Legislators passed a budget with more than $60 million in cuts over two years for the state's universities last week.  Gov. Sam Brownback told reporters on Friday that his office had received the budget, and they were going through it line by line.

He may have been focusing on the lines where universities faces across-the board cuts, and cuts to funding for salaries, which Gov. Brownback said, "I'm  not pleased with. I thought it should have been stable funding. So we're going to be looking at what all options are."

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Kansas Budget
3:54 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

KS Regents Blast University Budget Cuts

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents Thursday criticized the cuts to higher education in a budget passed by the state Legislature.

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Education
6:24 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Cowley College Keeps Ban On Concealed Weapons

Cowley College in Winfield will continue banning concealed weapons inside its buildings and residence halls, as officials study how to implement a new Kansas law.

The law taking effect July 1 prohibits most public entities from banning concealed firearms in their buildings unless the buildings have adequate security. But it also lets public universities and junior colleges exempt themselves for four years. Trustees of Cowley College recently approved such an exemption last week.

Education
6:58 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Critics Of Education Standards Voice Concern

Critics of the Kansas Board of Education's decision to adopt national standards for math and reading urged the board to reconsider its decision Tuesday.

Kansas is among 46 states that have adopted the national 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 in teacher training.

School Districts
5:37 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Education Department Seeks Guidance On Innovative Districts

Kansas education commissioner Diane DeBacker says the department will seek an attorney general's opinion on implementing a new law that would allow school districts to be named innovative districts.

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Education
6:44 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Critics To Voice Concerns Over Common Core Education Standards Tuesday

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.
 

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Education
6:08 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Brownback Wants Sales Tax Extended

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Gov. Sam Brownback address a news conference at the KU School of Medicine, in Salina on Tuesday.
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas.

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Education
6:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wichita Middle School Students Get Chance At Flight Over Wichita

A group of middle school students will get a chance to fly over Wichita this week to mark the end of their mentoring program.

The Flying Challenge program ends Thursday at the National Center for Aviation Training.

The program matches Airbus and Wichita State University engineering students with 80 students at Brooks Middle School in Wichita.

The students participate in a robotics lab, a paint lab, a radio-controlled airplane demonstration and this flight over Wichita,

Education
6:34 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Schools Receive $83,000 For Recycling Projects

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.

Nearby schools that won grants include:

Education
2:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Maize Schools End Random Drug Tests For Students In After-School Activities

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.

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