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12:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Board Of Regents Starts On Budget For Higher Education

The Kansas Board of Regents is in the early stages of writing a budget request for the state’s higher education system. On Wednesday, they’ll start discussions on the spending plan they’ll submit to Governor Sam Brownback.

Breeze Richardson, with the board, says they'll be writing a two-year budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

She says this is only the second time the board will write a two-year budget in recent memory, and it requires a little more forethought.

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Education
11:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Washburn To Build New $30M Residence Hall

Washburn University is going to build a 350-bed residence hall on the east side of its campus in Topeka to end waiting lists for housing and ease congestion in its student union dining hall.

The university’s Board of Regents approved the hiring of an architectural firm last week.

Officials say construction is expected to begin next March, with the hall expected to be ready in August of 2016.

The new hall will have its own dining space and cost about $30 million to build.

Education
11:21 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kansas Judges: New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate

A panel of Kansas judges ruled yesterday that a new education funding law complies with a state Supreme Court mandate to increase aid to poor public schools.

The panel in Shawnee County District Court declined the state’s request to dismiss all the claims from a 2010 lawsuit that questioned the fairness of the state’s school funding formula, however.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Panel Of Judges To Decide If New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate To Fund Schools

A panel of three state-court judges in Shawnee County District Court is reviewing a new education funding law to decide if it meets a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

The Supreme Court ruled in March that past cuts in state aid for poor schools created unconstitutional gaps in funding between them and wealthier districts.

In April, lawmakers increased aid to poor districts by $129 million dollars for the next school year. The panel will consider whether that action is sufficient to meet the mandate.

Education
10:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

KNEA Promises To File Lawsuit Against Law Eliminating Teacher Tenure

On Monday, the Kansas National Education Association--or KNEA--promised to file a state-court lawsuit against a new law that eliminates teacher tenure in public schools.

The KNEA represents 23,000 educators in Kansas.

The measure was attached to a school funding bill that takes effect in July.

The law increases state aid by 129 million dollars for poorer school districts, in order to comply with a Kansas Supreme court ruling that found Kansas was not adequately funding its schools.

The union strongly objects to the tenure provision of the bill.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Kansas BOE: Schools Can Now Hire Teachers Without Education Degrees

The State Board of Education has agreed to allow schools to hire teachers for certain subjects who have expertise but no education degree.

The regulations the board approved Tuesday require teachers to meet one of three criteria:

1) They would need an out-of-state license and to pass the licensure tests.

2) At least a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related work experience in science, technology, engineering or math.

3) An industry-recognized certificate in a technical profession and at least five years of related work experience.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Stimulating Young Minds: Early Learning Centers Reach Wichita's Underserved

A preschooler at TOP Early Learning Center South uses an eyedropper to mix water colors during class.
Sean Sandefur

The Opportunity Project, or TOP Early Learning Centers, are making a significant impact on preschool education in Wichita.  Philanthropist Barry Downing created the initiative in 2003. Its mission is to use education to lift children out of poverty.  Graduates of TOP have elevated test scores, better social skills and are less likely to be absent from school.  There are hundreds of children on  TOP's waiting list.

An Education Steeped In Exploration

Cornelia Stevens is Executive Director of TOP Early Learning Centers.

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Education
11:30 am
Thu May 22, 2014

$25 M Donation Helps KU Proceed With Building New Health Education Building

The University of Kansas Medical Center has received a $25 million donation from the Hall Family Foundation that will help build a new health education building.

Fred Logan, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, called the building the regents' top educational priority and said he couldn't thank the foundation enough for the donation. Medical center officials said that outdated classrooms and lecture halls threatened the center's accreditation.

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Education
9:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks To Topeka High School Graduates

Credit Wikimedia Commons

  First lady Michelle Obama says young people who've grown up with diversity must lead a national fight against prejudice and discrimination.

Speaking to Topeka high school graduates Friday, the first lady said the historic Brown versus Board of Education ruling against school segregation is "still being decided every single day."

Mrs. Obama said it will take all of today's young people to help solve the nation's problems.

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Education
12:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas BOE Want To Continue Studying 'Innovative Districts' Plan

The Kansas State Board of Education will continue studying a plan to exempt two school districts from many state regulations.

The idea is that exempting schools from regulations may give them more flexibility and lead to better student outcomes.

The McPherson and Concordia districts are the first two seeking approval to become so-called “innovative districts.”

The board decided to form a study committee to meet with officials from the districts and look into some issues raised by board members.

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